The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0383 Friday, 5 March 1999.
Date: Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 15:11:04 -0000
Subject: RE: Shakespeare's Names
In Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye quoted Ruskin's note on names
(Desdemona = miserable fortune; Ophelia = serviceableness) and
contrasted it with Arnold's condemnation of allowing names any
prominence. Have members any thoughts on the subject, comments on
particular names, or - perhaps inevitably - any way of linking this
ancient controversy with the curious mixture of Scandinavian with
Greco-Roman in Hamlet?