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Re: Shakespeare and Dante
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1518  Monday, 30 August 1999.

[1]     From:   Stanley Wells <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Aug 1999 14:52:31 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1504 Re: Shakespeare and Dante

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Saturday, 28 Aug 1999 12:41:06 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1504 Re: Shakespeare and Dante


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From:           Stanley Wells <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Aug 1999 14:52:31 +0100
Subject: 10.1504 Re: Shakespeare and Dante
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1504 Re: Shakespeare and Dante

'Shakespeare's knowledge of Italian' is discussed by Naseeb Shaheen in
an article with that title, Shakespeare Survey 47 (1994), pp. 161-9. Its
final paragraph reads 'It seems clear, therefore, from plays which have
an Italian source that Shakespeare could read Italian, and that for a
surprising number of plays he read those sources in Italian.'

Stanley Wells

Professor Stanley Wells The Shakespeare Centre Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon Warks. CV37 6QW Te.: 01789 201828 (direct line) Fax:
01789 294911

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Saturday, 28 Aug 1999 12:41:06 +1000
Subject: 10.1504 Re: Shakespeare and Dante
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1504 Re: Shakespeare and Dante

>As I recall, after exhaustive poring over of microfilmed text
>facsimiles, I think I concluded (the paper now resides in a box on
>another continent) that some of the characterization of Emilia bore more
>resemblence to Tasso than to Chaucer, but it was pretty tenuous.  The
>language problem is more substantial than I was then willing to admit.
>I'm curious if anyone else has worked on this (either Shakespeare's
>knowledge of Italian or lack thereof, or use of Tasso)?

Teseida was, of course, written by Boccaccio, not Tasso.  Brain
malfunctioning and carelessness of the first order-I apologize to all.

Yours in embarrassment,
Karen Peterson-Kranz
University of Guam
 

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