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Qs: Cosby Show; Gay Merchant; Eliz Accents; Spring
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1070.  Friday, 24 October 1997.

[1]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Oct 1997 15:34:51 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Cosby Show Episode

[2]     From:   Troy A. Swartz <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Oct 1997 09:07:14 -0400
        Subj:   Q: Gay Merchant?

[3]     From:   Matthew Bibb <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Oct 97 09:02:03 PST
        Subj:   Elizabethan Accents

[4]     From:   Michelle Haslem <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Oct 1997 16:30:23 +0000
        Subj:   Spring Conferences


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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Oct 1997 15:34:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Cosby Show Episode

Does any happen to have  copy I could borrow or ask you to copy (I'd
send a blank tape and return postage) of a Cosby Show episode involving
Shakespeare?  If not, doesn't anyone happen to be familiar with the
episode?  Thanks for any help.

Best,
Richard

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From:           Troy A. Swartz <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Oct 1997 09:07:14 -0400
Subject:        Q: Gay Merchant?

Dear Shakespeareans:

Right now I'm working on a paper on the Merchant of Venice.  One thing
I'm looking at is the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio (like
many people before me have done).  I admit, like the rest, that there is
some homoerotic tension between the two.  However, I'm wondering if we
could go a bit further and say that there is an actual homosexual
relationship between the two men?  I've done a decent amount of reading
on the 'history' of homosexuality, which is rather blurred.  It ranges
from Bruce Smith's "Yes, there were homosexuals in the Renaissance, but
there was no term for those people, ergo there were no affiliations" to
Joseph Cady's "Yes, there were homosexuals and yes, they did have terms
such as 'heavenly love' or 'masculine love'."  Obviously, there are
different outlooks.  I've come across several places in the Merchant
text where I believe Shakespeare is alluding to a sexual relationship
between the two.

What are your thoughts?  I automatically know some of you are probably
cringing at the idea, and thinking that I'm becoming a Shakespearean
heretic.  Are there any other sources out there?  In fact, has anyone
ever encountered an essay where my perspective is taken, that there is
sexual relations between Ant. and Bas.?  I haven't come across any.

Much thanks,
Troy

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From:           Matthew Bibb <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Oct 97 09:02:03 PST
Subject:        Elizabethan Accents

Dear Everyone,

In the course of a discussion on another listserv (devoted to Stephen
Sondheim) the issue of accents in Shakespeare came up (don't ask how).
I've heard several different theories on this, and I'm curious about two
things:
1)  Is there any sort of consensus on how the British (well, London at
least) accent of Shakespeare's time sounded? Was it in fact close to
American Southern?
2)  What is your opinion on the issue of using British accents in
current productions of Shakespeare? Does it lend the text something that
an American accent would lack? My own feeling as a director is that it
couldn't matter less, and that the use of accents should be a
directorial choice based on the needs of the production, but you
wouldn't believe the arguments I've had over this.

     Matt Bibb
     Lost Dog Productions
     UCLA Shakespeare Reading and Performance Group

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From:           Michelle Haslem <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Oct 1997 16:30:23 +0000
Subject:        Spring Conferences

I am a postgrad research student in the UK and I have some funding
available to attend conferences abroad.  I am planning to give a paper
at the Shakespeare at Kalamazoo session in early May 1998, and I would
be grateful if any list members could suggest other American conferences
at around this time that might be worth going to.  My research project
is concerned specifically with the Jonsonian masque and the culture of
the Jacobean court, although this obviously ties in with the drama of
the public theatres especially Shakespeare's late plays.  Any
suggestions would be gratefully received.  You can reply off list to me
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Thanks,
Michelle
 

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