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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0780  Thursday, 29 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Frances K. Barasch <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 09:41:19 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0759 Stage Devils in Art

[2]     From:   Frank Whigham <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 10:08:14 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0765 Re: Who Chooseth Me

[3]     From:   Marilyn A. Bonomi <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 10:10:38 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0776 Q: Poprin Pear

[4]     From:   Jerry Bangham <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 18:14:16 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.0769 Re: Shakespeare VISA Card


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From:           Frances K. Barasch <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 09:41:19 EDT
Subject: 10.0759 Stage Devils in Art
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0759 Stage Devils in Art

There is a MS miniature of actors and devils, reproduced in "The
Commedia dell'Arte: A Documentary History" by Kenneth Richards and Laura
Richards (Oxford, 1990), p. 15.

        Good luck with it, Frances K. Barasch

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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 10:08:14 -0500
Subject: 10.0765 Re: Who Chooseth Me
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0765 Re: Who Chooseth Me

Sean Lawrence writes:

>It seems to me that we could subsume both
>the "money" economy and the "love" economy under a more general
>term-like quid pro quo exchange, or "economy." The opposite, a truly
>gratuitous generosity or surrender, seems to be twice offered only to be
>rejected or revised:  first when Portia tells Bassanio that all she has
>is his, then ends the play on the exchange of rings; second, when her
>"quality of mercy" speech gives way to Shylock's bond, and his eventual
>punishment at the hands of the Christian characters.

I definitely agree, esp. with the need exactly to subsume. I mainly
wanted to argue for an essentially thick sense of exchange and benefit.

In this light, though, it seems to me that Portia's initial
(post-choice) and highly ostentatious conveyance of her life and living
to Bassanio is an intentional production of indebtedness, a programmatic
move in the crucial initial establishment of marital power-relations.
Ditto the ring trick, which equips her with the right to "exclaim" upon
him when she needs it.

In each case she strategically arranges or highlights her own
comparative impoverishment or injury, deploying what Harry Berger calls
the "donor's discourse," and reaping the capital of indebtedness or
guilt. As you say, the cases are linked.

On the "quality of mercy" speech, one might argue that a self-announced
"no strings attached" free offer is inherently a self-regarding claim
for entitlement to moral capital, and often a trumping move. Something
like the cleric Curtius cites somewhere, who says, "Humility is a
magnificent virtue; praise the lord, I have it."

Frank Whigham

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From:           Marilyn A. Bonomi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 10:10:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 10.0776 Q: Poprin Pear
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0776 Q: Poprin Pear

The NEW Folger Library Edition of R&J lists "pop'rin" as "a pear from
Poperinghe, in Flanders" but of course I don't have THEIR attribution
for that information.

Marilyn B.

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From:           Jerry Bangham <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 18:14:16 -0500
Subject: 10.0769 Re: Shakespeare VISA Card
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0769 Re: Shakespeare VISA Card

Jerry Bangham


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I just checked their web site and found a "British Heritage" card (also
Italian, Cuban, etc.) but nothing about the "Bard Card."

One problem is that the "Bard Card" is only one of their "Avid Reader"
series. Perhaps, if you used that term you'd have better luck.

At any rate, I'll fax Tamika and see if I can get things sorted out.

I never expected to find so much interest, or I would have tried to post
more complete information in the first place.

Best wishes,
Jerry Bangham


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