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Re: Troilus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0820  Wednesday, 5 May 1999.

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 04 May 1999 12:46:46 -0400
        Subj:   T & C

[2]     From:   Judith Craig <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 May 1999 20:24:02 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 10.0813 Re: Troilus and Henry


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 04 May 1999 12:46:46 -0400
Subject:        T & C

Bill Godshalk wonders why recent editors treat Troilus and Cressida as a
comedy.  In a paper I gave at a conference Bill organized a few years
back I argued that like the other two plays in the canon that have a
pair of lovers' names for titles, this one could well be denominated a
comi-tragedy.  All three of these plays follow largely comic courses
until halfway through, and continue to try to be comic for longer. The
argument (too complex to be summarized here) owed much to Susan Snyder,
but incorporated ideas from feminist, historicist, and psychological
criticism as well. In those days editors were not impressed; maybe I
should send it round again.

Comi-tragically,
Dave Evett

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From:           Judith Craig <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 May 1999 20:24:02 -0500
Subject: Re: Troilus and Henry
Comment:        SHK 10.0813 Re: Troilus and Henry

I'd like to break out some zinfandel and proclaim that T & C, like Lear
may adopt the tone of a Gotterdammerung with the intention of subverting
the whole Gotterdammererung thing-maybe people will be inspired to act
less like Henry and more like Christians.

Sorry, I'm from Texas and not Cincinnati.

Judith M. Craig
 

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