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Re: Marriages
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1007  Monday, 19 October 1998.

[1]     From:   Scott Crozier <
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        Date:   Fridayy, 16 Oct 1998 10:18:41 +1000
        Subj:   Marriages

[2]     From:   C. David Frankel <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Oct 1998 10:55:03 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 9.1002  Re: Marriages

[3]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 Oct 1998 00:00:28 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1002  Re: Marriages


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From:           Scott Crozier <
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Date:           Fridayy, 16 Oct 1998 10:18:41 +1000
Subject:        Marriages

 Sean Lawrence wrote:

> Could both be related to demographics?  As I understand it, the young
> were, if not positively outnumbering the old in Elizabethan London, at
> least quite a large identifiable group.  With such a demographic, the
> concerns of youth-courtship, finding a mate-would take on increasing
> importance.

Does Sean or anyone on the list have any information about where I might
find some details about this demographic.  I am working on MND and its
original context.

Regards,
Scott Crozier

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From:           C. David Frankel <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Oct 1998 10:55:03 -0400
Subject: 9.1002  Re: Marriages
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.1002  Re: Marriages

> Gabriel Egan said:

> I'm suggesting, vulgarly, that marriage might be a metaphor for class
> alliances, of course.

Kenneth Burke suggested the same thing (at least for literary marriages)
some time ago.

C. David Frankel

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Date:           Saturday, 17 Oct 1998 00:00:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.1002  Re: Marriages
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1002  Re: Marriages

> > Your question makes me wonder about the prevalence of romantic comedy in
> > the early modern period.  If we think about the Restoration, for
> > example, many of the comedies are focused on married couples, where the
> > comedy is based on whether one or the other partner will be unfaithful.

You might consider the Noah plays of the medieval mystery cycles to
place the married life of Noah and his wife at the center of the drama.

> > There is much less of this in Shakespeare (although clearly some, as in
> > Merry Wives or the jokes at the end of Merchant).  Does anyone have any
> > theories about why comedies of courtship would have been more popular in
> > Shakespeare's age?  Might this phenomena be related to the rise and fall
> > of the sonnet in the 1590s, as discussed by Arthur Marotti?

Besides being a characteristic of Petrarchan poetry, the idea of
courtship might also resonate with the Elizabethans because the
courtship of the queen was a primary consideration in foreign policy for
the fifty years of her reign.
 

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