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Shakespeare's Names
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0383  Friday, 5 March 1999.

From:           Brian Haylett <
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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?
 

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