The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0851 Wednesday, 12 May 1999.
From: W. L. Godshalk <
Date: Tuesday, 11 May 1999 16:39:18 -0400
Subject: MND Plagiarism
I have received an undergraduate paper on MND that, I suspect, is
Here's the opening sentences: "Hippolyta's nightlife role as Titania is
stage-managed by Theseus-Oberon, who get his will by magical means. If
his own imperial gaze has proved ineffectual, he will capture Titania's
gaze and refocus it with an aimlessness that would have gratified
Cupid." Titania is Hippolyta's dream self, and her midsummer
"therapeutic" dream is imposed on her by Theseus-Oberon.
By her abortive affair with Bottom, she learns "there are limits to the
power of a queen, even an Amazonian queen." She must learn her place is
a "world of sexuality, pregnancy, birth and death. She is being
frustrated by her immortal ungrossness. Her love for Theseus, her wish
to be the pregnant Indian queen, her mothering of the queen's child, and
her passion for Bottom, all reflect a desire for mortality." Oberon's
waking of Titania and his revelation of what he has done "is his version
of the sadism Hermia's dream attributes to Lysander, and since this is
also Hippolyta's 'dream,' it represents her anxieties about a Theseus
who won her love doing her injuries. Oberon not only sees Titania's
disgrace, but feels it, and by doing so breaks his charm."
All this sounds familiar to me, but I cannot recollect the source. I
have checked Kay Stockholder's Dream Works and Marjorie Garber's book on
Shakespeare and dreams, but these don't seem to be it.
There are good reasons for my suspicions, but I won't bore you with my
Sherlockian deductions. Any help in nailing this plagiarizer will be
Yours, Bill Godshalk