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Re: Characters; Branagh; Tromeo
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0798.  Monday, 28 July 1997.

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 09:50:58 -0700
        Subj:   RE: SHK 8.0785  Re: Hamlet and Characters

[2]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 10:20:52 -0400
        Subj:   Hamet Video

[3]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 19:03:58 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0790 Re: Tromeo and Juliet


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 09:50:58 -0700
Subject: 8.0785  Re: Hamlet and Characters
Comment:        RE: SHK 8.0785  Re: Hamlet and Characters

>Obviously, Simon Malloch has missed Terry Hawkes's point entirely.
>Hamlet is neither a naturalistic play nor is it a soap opera.
>Characters in Elizabethan plays don't "think", nor are they "human" in
>the kind of transhistorical sense that Malloch seems to be suggesting.

>Cheers
>John Drakakis

I think you've missed Simon's point entirely.  To the best of my
recollection, he did not at any point say that Hamlet is either a
naturalistic play or a soap opera.  Obviously you're not arguing against
him, but against a strawman of your own creation.

What he did argue is that art allows us to be taken out of ourselves.
In other words, it subverts our naive enlightenment confidence in our
own ontological superiority to anything else we might encounter.

It is not only the fertility of (say) Ed Pixley's comments on Hamlet's
character, posted in the same number of SHAKSPER as your own, which your
line of reasoning would censor, but also any possibility of art being
dangerous.

Cheers,
Sean.

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 10:20:52 -0400
Subject:        Hamet Video

Rumour has it the Branagh will be released at sell-through (i.e.
affordable price as opposed to the higher cost for rental companies) in
the late fall - and widescreen editions do exist - if your video store
doesn't have it in stock, ask for it.  Or you can wait until the price
comes down (my sources say it will be at Christmas time) - and buy it
letterboxed without paying through the nose for it.

Yours,
Tanya Gough

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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 19:03:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0790 Re: Tromeo and Juliet
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0790 Re: Tromeo and Juliet

The real question is why Troma Studios hasn't done TITUS ANDRONICUS yet.
It's the obvious choice.
 

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