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Qs: Pop Culture; "Love" in A&C
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1124.  Sunday, 9 November 1997.

[1]     From:   Donald Rude <
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        Date:   Saturday, 08 Nov 1997 14:03:00 -0600
        Subj:   Pop Culture

[2]     From:   Parviz Nourpanah  <
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        Date:   Saturday, 8 Nov 1997 19:37:54 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   "Love" in A&C



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From:           Donald Rude <
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Date:           Saturday, 08 Nov 1997 14:03:00 -0600
Subject:        Pop Culture

I am trying to locate participants for a panel on Shakespeare on Film
for a pop culture conference in Lubbock next spring.  Would you please
post this on your Shakespeare Conference.  Interested person's may
contact me for specific details by e-mail here at ttu.

Thanks
Donald W. Rude
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091
Office: 806-742-2508   Fax: 806-742-0989

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From:           Parviz Nourpanah  <
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Date:           Saturday, 8 Nov 1997 19:37:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        "Love" in A&C

Hello Everybody,

I think this question is somewhat jaded and "flogging a dead horse", but
we had a blazing discussion in class today, and I couldn't wait to rush
home and send this off.

To what extent do you think that Cleopatra is a wicked, seductive woman,
who used her feminine wiles and charms, first on Caesar, then on
Anthony, for her ignoble political, selfish ends, while Anthony is the
image of reason, ensnared in Cleopatra's sensual meshes, destroyed by
love? Do you think Cl. killed herself because she couldn't stand the
idea of being made the laughing stock of Rome, as Octavius intended, or
out of love for Ant.? So was her suicide noble or ignoble? More
generally speaking, do you think the men in Sh.'s plays are portrayed as
being able to love more deeply, truly, passionately, (like Orsino
declares in _12th Night_), than women, while woman are portrayed as
capable only, at best, of a superficial, whimsical love, or at worst,
pure lust (like Gertrude or Goneril and Regan's love for Edmund). And is
Cl. not Ant.'s equal in love?  I suspect that I can guess what the
"politically correct" answers to these questions are, please give your
*real* opinions.

Thank you for your attention,
S. Nourpanah
 

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