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Re: The Tempest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0834  Monday, 10 May 1999.

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Friday, 07 May 1999 08:38:22 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0829 Re: The Tempest

[2]     From:   Kate Brookfield <
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        Date:   Friday, 7 May 1999 02:21:14 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0825 Assorted Responses

[3]     From:   Charlie Mitchell <
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        Date:   Friday, 07 May 1999 17:15:05 -0600
        Subj:   Colonialist Tempest

[4]     From:   Moira Russell <
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        Date:   Saturday, 08 May 1999 17:32:17 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0829 Re: The Tempest


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Friday, 07 May 1999 08:38:22 +0000
Subject: 10.0829 Re: The Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0829 Re: The Tempest

Karen Peterson-Kranz writes:

>I would suggest to Mr. Mitchell,
>however, that creating an imagined, "uninhabited," magical space in
>which European desires could play on a supposedly empty stage-what
>Shakespeare did in Tempest -- was also exactly what Europe, and
>especially England, did in creating its colonial empire.

This may be so, but I would draw attention to the fact that Bermuda,
often assumed to be the model for the island in The Tempest, actually
was uninhabited apart from people accidentally shipwrecked there.

Surely there's an enormous ethical difference between declaring real
inhabitants of real places to be non-persons, and finding places that
are really uninhabited, or imagining uninhabited places.  There's a
difference between watching Gilligan's Island and committing genocide.

Cheers,
Se

 

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