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Re: Dreams; R2 & MND
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.001  Friday, 2 January 1998.

[1]     From:   David Small <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Dec 1997 13:02:33 -0500
        Subj:   Such stuff as dreams, etc.

[2]     From:   Chris Stroffolino <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Dec 1997 13:54:52 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1261  Re: RICHARD !! and MND


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From:           David Small <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Dec 1997 13:02:33 -0500
Subject:        Such stuff as dreams, etc.

My errant rendering of "such stuff as dreams are made on" as "made OF"
drew an interesting and all too accurate observation from Michael Yogev
on the underlining anxieties about woman so often found in our myths and
literature.  When I pushed the SEND button, realizing that I had just
mistyped the quote, my Homer Simpson-like "DOE!" resounded through the
corridors of my office building like a gunshot.  Fortunately, most
people were at lunch.

I am reminded of the move, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, based on the
Ray Bradbury novel.  When it was released several years ago, I was
working for a local television news show.  Our movie and theater critic
had a review of it.  The anchorman read the introduction to the review
from the Teleprompter, and, unfamiliar with the passage from MACBETH,
stopped, looked puzzled, and then improvised:  "-and now here with a
review of the new movie, Something Wicked. . .  Comes This Way---"  I
suggested later that perhaps he was referring to a little known version
which begins:  "By the bailing of my hay-"

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From:           Chris Stroffolino <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Dec 1997 13:54:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.1261  Re: RICHARD !! and MND
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1261  Re: RICHARD !! and MND

 Dear Marilyn A. Bonomi-Well, yes and no. I agree that the connections
between R2 and MND are not as blatantly there as they are between MND
and RJ-and when I have taught undergrad Shakespeare I have not found it
extremely useful to suggest comparisons between these two plays as paper
topics, but this doesn't mean that there AREN'T points of similarity
between the two plays, aside from the much touted "lyrical" style, it is
arguable that BOTH plays have a metadramatic fifth act.  James
Calderwood investigates some of these comparisons in his 1972 book and
some recent critics have taken this further (John Blanpied, for instance
and though I'm blanking on the name there was an article in ELR a couple
years back about "the lamentable comedy of Richard II" which raised some
important genre bending questions.

I would also like to mention my as-yet-unpublished piece on THE DUCHESS
OF YORK as comic heroine (though I maintain she's more like Portia than
any of the women in MND, who are not yet comic heroines in the sense of
the middle comedies, although Helena has certain "tragic hero"
qualities). By the way, WHY isn't Richard an adolescent?  And why isn't
Richard's belief in "divine right" (in the first couple of acts) so
different from Hermia dn Lysander's reductive version of "true love"
which they adhere to (in words at least) for the first acts. Both are
challenged by their respective plays, and perhaps in ways that can be
fruitfully compared rather than simply contrasted.

   Chris Stroffolino
 

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