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Re: Subtext; Caliban
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0502.  Monday, 28 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 1997 11:55:15 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0496 Re: Subtext

[2]     From:   David Evett <R0870%
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 1997 14:05 ET
        Subj:   SHK 8.0498  Re: Caliban


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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 1997 11:55:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0496 Re: Subtext
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0496 Re: Subtext

Example of "pretty words" speech:  Perdita's catalog of flowers.  A
speech ripe for cutting, if there ever was one.  Instead, we used it to
show Perdita's strong attraction to Florizel, through intonation, etc.

MND: "Thou remember'st/Since once I sat upon a promontory..."  An awful
lot of verbiage there just to say, "Go get that flower."  or the one at
the end about damned spirits.  Or Theseus and Hippolyta's discussion
about dogs (although if one handcuffs Hippolyta in I.i, this is pretty
much one's only chance to show they truly love each other... but see,
that's not what the speech is about, is it?)

In general, think of any extended bit of speech that you, faced with
directing college or community actors, might sigh and say, "Well *that*
can go."

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
http://shenandoah.peachnet.edu/~nctc/

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From:           David Evett <R0870%
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 1997 14:05 ET
Subject: Re: Caliban
Comment:        SHK 8.0498  Re: Caliban

There are stimulating pages on Caliban (which provide a more complex and
to my mind persuasive account of the entangled attitudes toward
non-Europeans than most) in John Gillies' *Shakespeare and Geographical
Difference*.

David Evett
 

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