The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1478 Tuesday 24 August 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 24 Aug 1999 00:02:38 -0400
Subject: 10.1470 Re: Twelfth Night
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1470 Re: Twelfth Night
I don't well understand the term "flaw" as applied to Orsino. In this
play, identity hinges on a loved one's recognition. Malvolio and Andrew
are never recognized by Olivia, and so are seen as comical, sad,
pathetic. Antonio's identity vanishes with Viola, is restored with
Sebastian, and may possibly be lost again when Sebastian chooses the
Olivia he doesn't know over the Antonio he does.
Is unrequited love a "flaw?" Must we only love in sure certainty of
return? Then, Viola is thus flawed. And Olivia. (It wouldn't be the
first time Shakespeare has created three characters with a single flaw:
Isabella, Angelo, and the Duke are all characters who believe themselves
above mortal passions in Measure.)
But Orsino is saved from this loss of identity caused by a rejection of
Olivia's love because Viola is in love with him at the moment we meet
him. She saves him from being ridiculous. For how long has she been
all his comfort? Heard all his confidences and never laughed at him?
Maybe this is what he realized at that last revelation.
I must say, declarations of what? Ironclad future coupledom? Seem to
have a very silencing effect on Shakespeare's heroines. Any other silent
new fiancees besides Viola and Isabella (in Measure)?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1476 Tuesday 24 August 1999.
Date: Monday, 23 Aug 1999 18:09:28 GMT
Subject: 10.1465 Re: Arden Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1465 Re: Arden Shakespeare
>Of course no one asked me, but that one-volume Arden Shakespeare is one
>of the most dreadful rip-offs I have ever seen. It has virtually NO
>apparatus, even while it trades on the "Arden" name which, if anything,
>suggests that the edition is going to boast all sorts of authoritative
>scholarship to ACCOMPANY the text. Of course, anyone who looks at the
>book can see that it's hardly worth having, especially at the price.
I think the Complete Arden Shakespeare is an excellent deal for the
average reader. It is, of course, unsuitable for scholarship, but that
is not its purpose. Personally, I think any home library is incomplete
without the works of Shakespeare, but I do not expect the average reader
to purchase a complete set of individual Arden editions. When friends
ask me to recommend an edition of Shakespeare's complete works, I
suggest the Arden. At $32 (from amazon.com), it is a bargain. The
Riverside, for example, costs twice as much.
Ray Lischner (http://www.bardware.com)
co-author (with John Doyle) of Shakespeare for Dummies