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Re: Current Views on Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.06639  Friday, 16 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Bob Dennis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Apr 1999 10:29:18 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.06636 Re: Current Views on Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Lucia Anna Setari <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Apr 1999 02:38:56 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: Current Views on Shakespeare


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From:           Bob Dennis <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Apr 1999 10:29:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.06636 Re: Current Views on Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.06636 Re: Current Views on Shakespeare

Michael Yogev <
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   > Shakespeare indeed goes down differently outside the
   >US, England, and Europe.

An excellent exposition of how Shakespeare penetrates a different
culture is in the old movie "Shakespeare Walla".  A very nice treat if
you can find a copy on video.

Bob Dennis

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From:           Lucia Anna Setari <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Apr 1999 02:38:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Re: Current Views on Shakespeare

I think that memory is closely linked with prophecy.

Then I think there may be a prophecy to be read in the record of the
sailing-ship's captain, who on September 5 of 1607, while his ship
(Dragon was her name) was about crossing the equator off Africa (their
destination was Far East ), wrote in his log-book  that  he got his crew
to stage HAMLET in order to resist their possible degrading to beast's
level.

I wonder if our earth travelling through dark space may be seen like the
Dragon's in a dangerous sea, with a feeble hope and too many fears - and
perhaps without a smart captain and good tools - without also well known
stars on our heads (or having forgotten how to follow stars).  I wonder
if our multinational crew (with its different cultures and also its
despoiled cultures, with its corrupted or dying out languages) could
still mirror its actual situation, say, in Hamlet's.

There are limits even in wondering powers of poetry, I know, because
languages and cultures are often too far from each other, and poetry is
language; also translations  could find (and often do find) insuperable
barriers and fade into blanks.

But, I think that the wonder of Shakespeare is in his almost music-like
ability to express a simultaneity of meanings, of images and even of
times (look , say, to Hamlet's ages...) that is what precisely allows
many different individuals (often also one individual in his own
different ages, as you all know) and different peoples to find each a
different (and ever new and contradicting with former ones) insight or
perspective in them.

In this sense, I agree also with Karen Peterson-Kranz's thought  that
Shakespeare's role << might be in highlighting difference, rather than
reiterating some essential,"traditional" sense of (American/W.European)
"humanity.">>.

L.Anna S.
 

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