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Re: Winters Tale and the Bear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2043  Monday, 22 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Peter Hyland <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Nov 1999 11:29:52 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2021 Re: Winters Tale and the Bear

[2]     From:   John Savage <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Nov 1999 11:51:19 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 10.2007 Re: Winters Tale and the Bear


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From:           Peter Hyland <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Nov 1999 11:29:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.2021 Re: Winters Tale and the Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2021 Re: Winters Tale and the Bear

For clear theatrical reasons it has always seemed to me that THE
WINTER'S TALE demands a man in a bear suit at this point, and one who is
as creakily obvious as possible. This is, after all, the pivotal moment
that turns a tragedy of jealousy into pastoral romance, underscored by
the immediate switch from verse to prose. The play reminds us again of
its own artifice through the figure of Time in the scene that follows.
The Clown's description of the bear devouring Antigonus would surely be
rather less comic and much harder to take if he had been pursued by a
real bear than if he had been pursued by a man in a pantomime outfit.

Peter Hyland

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From:           John Savage <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Nov 1999 11:51:19 -0500
Subject: Re: Winters Tale and the Bear
Comment:        SHK 10.2007 Re: Winters Tale and the Bear

Melissa Aaron wrote:

>There are three plays with bears in them <

Do you mean Shakespeare plays?
 

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