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Re: Anti-Semitism; MM; Pedagogy; TN
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0157  Thursday, 19 February 1998.

[1]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 16:13:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0150  Re: Anti-Semitism

[2]     From:   Stephen A. Cohen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 18:39:35 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0151 Q: Religious Imagery in Measure for Measure

[3]     From:   Jim Harner <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 18:46:53 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Mike LoMonico's Call for Manuscripts and Religious Imagery in MM

[4]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 22:30:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0148  Re: Twelfth Night


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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 16:13:48 -0500
Subject: 9.0150  Re: Anti-Semitism
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0150  Re: Anti-Semitism

>I agree with Larry that we shouldn't give up studying the play on
>account of its anti-Semitism.  And as I've said before, it's not as if
>we can really "blame" Shakespeare for being anti-Semitic.  But the worst
>thing we can do is try and claim for Shakespeare a PC-ness 400 years
>ahead of his time and pretend the anti-Semitism isn't there at all.

Where is Terence Hawkes when I need him?

<italic>The Merchant of Venice</italic> is not in itself, inherently, or
innately anti-Semitic.  This is a label that some people thrust onto the
play. You may, if you wish, interpret the play as presenting all Jews in
a bad light, but others may disagree and interpret the play in quite
another way. And so, in reality, the anti-Semitism isn't
<italic>there</italic> at all.

Nor should Shakespeare, on the strength of your interpretation of this
play, be labeled anti-Semitic.  For all we know, Shakespeare may have
loved Jews.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Stephen A. Cohen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 18:39:35 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 9.0151 Q: Religious Imagery in Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0151 Q: Religious Imagery in Measure for Measure

You might want to try Lawrence Ross' short (182 pp.) book _On Measure
for Measure_ (U of Delaware, 1997).  It's less about religious imagery
than religious allegory, reading the play as a meditation on the
dangerous incommensurability of humankind's divine aspirations and
mortal fallibility, but its treatment of the Duke and Isabella's
religious "disguises" might be useful to you.  Good luck,

Steve Cohen

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From:           Jim Harner <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 18:46:53 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Mike LoMonico's Call for Manuscripts and Religious Imagery in
MM

Mike LoMonico's Call for Manuscripts

Mike LoMonico is quite right that "Over the past fifteen years, many
excellent new approaches have surfaced in the United States, Canada, and
England." But, "finding these ideas and sorting through them" is not
quite as "daunting" as he suggests. Since 1978, the World Shakespeare
Bibliography (in _Shakespeare Quarterly_) has devoted a section to
Pedagogy-and beginning in the Bibliography for 1995, each play/poem has
a Pedagogy section. The same is true of the _World Shakespeare
Bibliography on CD-ROM_ wherein users will find books, articles, and
other materials on Shakespeare conveniently brought together.

Religious Imagery in _Measure for Measure_

A search of the _MLA International Bibliography_ will turn up some
recent studies of religious imagery in _Measure for Measure_, but a
search of the _World Shakespeare BIbliography on CD-ROM_ will turn up
far more recent books and articles. SHAKSPEReans may be interested to
know that in any given year, the annual World Shakespeare Bibliography
annotates about 50% more books and articles than appear in the same
year's volume of the _MLA International Bibliography_ or the Modern
Humanities Research Association's _Annual Bibliography of English
Language and Literature_. And, the _World Shakespeare Bibliography on
CD-ROM_ provides much fuller indexing than does the _MLAIB_.

Cordially,
Jim Harner

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Feb 1998 22:30:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 9.0148  Re: Twelfth Night
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0148  Re: Twelfth Night

Back in the early 80's, the dark substrata of TN is all one ever saw,
which made me determined to make ours light and funny.  The current crop
of bright TNs might be the same swing of the pendulum.  Sounds as if
we're about to swing back.

And as far as MND goes, our three keywords for our production last fall
were "dark," "dream," and "desire."  All our work, design, and
performance were based on those three terms. Libido reigned, and it was
ever so jolly.  It was a dark jolly, though, really dark.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
 

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