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Re: "Bad" Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0936  Monday, 5 October 1998.

[1]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Friday, 02 Oct 1998 19:34:46 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0933  Two Questions: Aldridge and "Bad"

[2]     From:   Peter Holland <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Oct 1998 11:07:22 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0933  Two Questions: Aldridge and "Bad"


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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Friday, 02 Oct 1998 19:34:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0933  Two Questions: Aldridge and "Bad"
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0933  Two Questions: Aldridge and "Bad"

Parts of the altar are delightfully blemished, as if some Posterior Muse
had installed gargoyles. Surely there is a plethora from which to
choose. My favourite bad bit is Laertes' response to "Thy sister's
drown'd, Laertes", which I think is something like "Drown'd? Oh! Where?"
Mind you, the page just ain't no stage. That "Oh!"" can, in the lungs
and larynx of a fine actor, be like the cry of Medea or Elektra.

Good artists in the theatre have been making silk purses out of such
sow's ears for four hundred years. I'd hope a similar point would be the
foundation of your talk in Poland.

Harry

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From:           Peter Holland <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Oct 1998 11:07:22 GMT
Subject: 9.0933  Two Questions: Aldridge and "Bad"
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0933  Two Questions: Aldridge and "Bad"

On Shakespeare as a 'bad' writer, may I suggest George Steiner's
brilliantly provocative Ker lecture, 'A reading against Shakespeare',
published by the University of Glasgow in 1986.
 

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