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Qs: Subtext; Religious Biases
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0442.  Thursday, 10 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Mike Field <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Apr 1997 17:31:27 -0400
        Subj:   Subtext

[2]     From:   Hilary Zunin <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Apr 1997 17:04:48 -0700
        Subj:   Religious Biases


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From:           Mike Field <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Apr 1997 17:31:27 -0400
Subject:        Subtext

Last night, watching the "As You Like It" segment of "Approaching
Literature" offered through The Open University, I heard host and
presenter Fiona Shaw declare "There is no subtext in Shakespeare" and
then go on to explain that, for instance, "if someone asks a question it
really is just that-a question."

I have heard this no subtext declaration before, and it strikes me as
rather pat. Am I to understand there is no subtext to "Madam, how like
you this play?" I find this particularly confusing because Shaw then
works with acting students on exercises that, to me at least, seem
designed to highlight the subtext in particular scenes of AYLI. Or
perhaps I'm just misconstruing. I would be most interested in hearing
from others, especially the actors and directors among us, as to whether
there is or is not subtext in Shakespeare.

Thanks.

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From:           Hilary Zunin <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Apr 1997 17:04:48 -0700
Subject:        Religious Biases

Am interested in better understanding Shakespeare's religious biases.
For example, I've long assumed that Elizabethan audiences would have
perceived Shylock's forced conversion, so repugnant to many modern
audiences, as a boon.  True?  Dead wrong?

I am particularly interested in these belief systems re:  *Merchant* and
*Hamlet*, but suggestions for general resources on Catholic and/or
Church of England beliefs during Shakespeare's time would be
appreciated.  Many thanks.

In seladore,
Hilary Zunin
 

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