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Re: Graham Midgely; Mercutio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1113.  Tuesday, 4 November 1997.

[1]     From:   Thomas H. Blackburn <
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        Date:   Monday, 3 Nov 1997 09:50:50 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: Graham Midgely

[2]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 03 Nov 1997 14:02:09 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1112  Re: Mercutio


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From:           Thomas H. Blackburn <
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Date:           Monday, 3 Nov 1997 09:50:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Re: Graham Midgely

Graham Midgley is by no means a pseudonym, but the name of a long-time
tutor in English at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. In 1969 or so when I had
the privilege of taking over the Shakespeare tutorials while my own old
Oxford tutor R. E. ALton was on leave and I was also on leave in Oxford
Graham, graciously allowed me to use his rooms as my base. Cheers, Tom
Blackburn

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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 03 Nov 1997 14:02:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.1112  Re: Mercutio
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1112  Re: Mercutio

On gay Meructios, see Joseph Porter's book on Mercutio. He (and Peter
Donaldson) discuss Zeffirelli's interpretation of Meructio as in his R
and J film.  The Luhrmann film clearly follows in this tradition notably
by having Perineau play Mercutio as a gay teen who is just figuring out
that he's gay but by developing what Donaldson calls the "bi-sexual
gaze" in Zeffirelli's film.  Apart from Mercutio's appearance in drag
(in two different forms, by the way),  at the Capulet party, he appears
in full drag with a much larger fright wig-minus his guns and gun
holster, which he checked at the door), Mercutio flirts with Tybalt at
the beach before Romeo appears and clearly takes Tybalt's insult that he
"consorts" with Romeo to have a sexual meaning.

Best,
Richard
 

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