1999

Re: Jonson Edition

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1620  Friday, 24 September 1999.

From:           Drew Whitehead <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 24 Sep 1999 07:39:31 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Subject: 10.1605 Re: "Newly Discovered" Jonson Masques
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1605 Re: "Newly Discovered" Jonson Masques

David Lindley wrote:

>(one of the three general editors of the major new Ben Jonson
>edition)

What plays will it include and when will it be out?

Drew Whitehead
Dept. of English
University of Queensland

Re: Animated Shakespeares

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1619  Friday, 24 September 1999.

From:           Joanne Whalen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 16 Sep 1999 18:40:41 EDT
Subject: 10.1588 Re: Animated Shakespeares
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1588 Re: Animated Shakespeares

I just checked with The Writing Company, and they have a few copies of
each of these animated tales [ Hamlet, Macbeth, MSND, R & J, Tempest]
but no 12th Night @ $14.98. They offer free shipping from their website
http://writingco.com.

Joanne

Re: Hamlet and Marriage Practices

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1617  Friday, 24 September 1999.

From:           James P. Lusardi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 23 Sep 1999 12:07:07 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 10.1589 Hamlet and Marriage Practices
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.1589 Hamlet and Marriage Practices

>A former student of mine has a question about Tudor marriages. He had
>been reflecting on Henry VIII and <A Man for All Seasons>, and remarks
>that when Henry consults the Bible, he finds two distinct views on
>marrying your brother's widow: one for and one against. His question is
>what relevance would this divine "divided opinion" have had for an
>Elizabethan audience watching <Hamlet>? Specifically, he wonders why
>Shakespeare never really addresses the issue in the play, except for
>Hamlet's response to his mother's marriage. He would like to know if
>Shakespeare's reticence has a political foundation.
>
>Can the listserv help?
>
>Thanks in advance,
>Yvonne Bruce

Re: Hamlet and Marriage Practices-The "divided view" seems to be
exemplified in the play.  Hamlet and the Ghost regard Gertrude's
marriage to Claudius as incestuous.  Evidently, the rest of the court
does not.

Jim Lusardi

Re: Scavengers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1618  Friday, 24 September 1999.

From:           Lawrence Manley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 23 Sep 1999 13:32:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.1602 Re: Scavengers
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1602 Re: Scavengers

> Tim Brookes wrote:
>
> >I'm reading Stow's Survey, and with each ward he refers to its
> >complement of scavengers. Can anyone tell me exactly who these
> >characters were, and what their job was?

In addition to the sources already cited, here's Donald Lupton's
character-essay "Scavengers and Goldfinders" from _London & the Countrey
Carbonadoed and Quartered into Severall Characters_ (1632):

These two will keep all clean, the one streets, the other the backsides,
but they are seldom clean themselves; the one, like the hangman, doth
his work all by day; the other, ike a thief, doth theirs in the night.
The goldfinders hold the sense of smelling the least of use and do not
much care for touching the business they have in hand.  They both carry
their burdens out into the fields, yet sometimes the Thames carries away
their loads.  They are something like the trade of barbers, for both do
rid away superfluous excrements.  The barber's profession is held chief,
because that deals with the head and face, but these with the excrements
of the posteriorums.  The barber's trade and these have both very strong
smells, but the goldfider's is the greatest for strength, the other's is
safest and sweetest.  The barber useth washing, when he hath done, to
cleanse all, and so do these; the barber useth a looking-glass, that men
may see how he hath done his work, and these use a candle.  They are all
necessary in the city; as our faces would be foul without the barber, so
our streets without the scavenger and our backsides without the
goldfinder.  The scavenger sems not so great an officer as the
goldfinder, for he deals with the excrements chiefly of beasts, but this
latter of his own species.  Well, had they been sweeter fellows I would
have stood longeron them, but they may answer, they keep all clean and
do that work which scarce anyone but themselves would meddle withal.
(spelling modernized)

Fragrantly yours,
Lawrence Manley
Yale University

Early Performances of Shakespeare Outside London

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1616  Friday, 24 September 1999.

From:           J H McWilliams <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 23 Sep 1999 17:53:25 +0100
Subject:        Early Performances of Shakespeare Outside London

Does anyone know (or know how to find out) whether or not (and which)
Shakespeare plays were performed at Cambridge University in the first
half of the sixteenth century? There seems to be a fair amount of talk
about travelling players and performances of Shakespeare outside London,
but I'm having trouble finding out anything more concrete.

Any help would be much appreciated (you can respond to me personally if
you don't think this is of interest to the list more generally).

Many thanks,
John McWilliams
University of Bristol

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