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Re: Women and Smoking
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0182  Monday, 2 March 1998.

[1]     From:   Manuela Rossini <
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        Date:   Monday, 02 Mar 1998 10:57:40 +0100
        Subj:   Women and Smoking

[2]     From:   Peter Nockolds <
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        Date:   Monday, 2 Mar 1998 10:54:17 GMT
        Subj:   Smoking


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From:           Manuela Rossini <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Mar 1998 10:57:40 +0100
Subject:        Women and Smoking

The title-page of the 1611 quarto of THE ROARING GIRL features Moll
smoking a pipe. In addition, she is holding an "erected" sword while the
drawing accentuates "her" having breasts. (The MUP's ed. of the play
also portrays the smoking heroine of the 1983 RCS production.). So I'd
say that representations of smoking women, especially when accompanied
by other paraphernalia of male prerogative, can certainly be read as
"flouting gender conventions", as Nely Keinanen suggests. There's a
modern parallel, I think: cigarette ads increasingly interpellate
(professional, middle-class) women by appealing to a sense of
independency and free will enjoyed hitherto only by Malboro men.

Manuela Rossini, feminist non-smoker.

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From:           Peter Nockolds <
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Date:           Monday, 2 Mar 1998 10:54:17 GMT
Subject:        Smoking

In Arden of Faversham may we may hear a faint echo of the proverbial
tale of the man who saw Sir Walter Raleigh smoking, thought him to be on
fire, and attempted to douse the fire with ale.

Arden           This mist, my friend, is mystical,
                Like to a good companion's smoky brain,
                That was half-drowned with new ale overnight.
Ferryman        'Twere pity but his skull were opened to make more
chimney room.

Peter Nockolds
 

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