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Re: Journals; Pronunciation; Cuts; R3/Iago; Prayers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1107.  Sunday, 2 November 1997.

[1]     From:   Al Cacicedo <
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        Date:   Friday, 31 Oct 1997 11:56:08 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Student Journals

[2]     From:   Michael Best <
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        Date:   Friday, 31 Oct 1997 10:29:54 -0800
        Subj:   Elizabethan Pronunciation

[3]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Friday, 31 Oct 1997 17:13:23 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1091  Cuts

[4]     From:   Gary Kosinsky <
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        Date:   Friday, 31 Oct 1997 19:22:41 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1102 Richard III vs. Iago

[5]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Saturday, 01 Nov 1997 12:54:43 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1093 Running


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From:           Al Cacicedo <
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Date:           Friday, 31 Oct 1997 11:56:08 -0400
Subject:        Re: Student Journals

It is not a specifically Shakespearean journal, but the _Rectangle_,
published by the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, publishes
undergraduate work.  Of course, one has to be a member of the
organization and pay for the privilege-but that may be good training in
joining the profession.-Al Cacicedo

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From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Friday, 31 Oct 1997 10:29:54 -0800
Subject:        Elizabethan Pronunciation

What modern accent best approximates Shakespeare's? When I was preparing
a CD ROM on Shakespeare's Life and Times, I worked with a colleague-both
an actor and a medievalist-to reconstruct some passages as an original
audience might have heard them, specifically to resurrect puns we no
longer hear (reason/raisin; room/Rome, and so on). We worked with
Ko:keritz, both the book and an LP on which he read (very carefully,
very academically) passages in his reconstruction of various periods of
English. The result on the CD ROM is an accent that sounds distinctly
Welsh. But then again that might be because my colleague is Antony
Jenkins, and you can guess where he came from originally.

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Friday, 31 Oct 1997 17:13:23 -0500
Subject: 8.1091  Cuts
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1091  Cuts

Gabriel Egan writes:

>Of course, we can argue about the evidence for length of original
>performances and, most interestingly, whether original performances cut
>text.

From the extant promptbooks (call them that if you wish), we have
evidence (cross-hatching) that passages were cut for performance.
Unfortunately, none of the extant promptbooks contain a known play by
Shakespeare.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Gary Kosinsky <
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Date:           Friday, 31 Oct 1997 19:22:41 -0800
Subject: 8.1102 Richard III vs. Iago
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1102 Richard III vs. Iago

>"Who is more 'evil,' Richard III or Iago?"

>This is a question I asked my Shakespeare class (for which I am teaching
>assistant) today as we discussed _Richard III_.  Their responses were
>limited to comparisons; no one would venture an opinion.

I was puzzling over a variation of this problem in another group in a
different context:

If Iago had been the middle son instead of George, Duke of Clarence,
would Richard still have been able to manipulate his way to the throne?

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Date:           Saturday, 01 Nov 1997 12:54:43 -0500
Subject: 8.1093 Running
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1093 Running

>But, not in contradiction but maybe further proof, I was checking lines
>for meter when I realized that in Angelo's "when prayers cross" prayers
>is the two syllable pray-ers unless you pronounce "hours" as a
>two-syllable word.
>
>Ang: (Aside) Amen:
>        For I am that way going to temptation,
>        Where prayers cross.

Is there a distinction between "prayers" (people who pray, two
syllables) and "prayers" (the product of praying, one syllable)?  If so,
Angelo may thinking about devout people (prayers) copulating. Eh? It
works in context.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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