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Re: Horatio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0382  Tuesday, 22 February 2000.

From:           Matt Kozusko <
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Date:           Monday, 21 Feb 2000 18:53:55 -0600
Subject: 11.0368 Re: Horatio
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0368 Re: Horatio

David Bishop notes:

> I have trouble with Clifford Stetner's idea that every Elizabethan would
> associate that name with Kyd, more than with, say, Rome-or with
> nothing.  Can you remember the names of the main characters in Titanic?

Topical references to Kyd's characters (like Jonson's dig at "Jeronimo"
in the induction to Bartholomew Fair) suggest that playgoers-somebody,
at least-did indeed remember names of characters, probably especially
from more popular plays.  But then again, the tendency of Shakespeare
(and of the larger community of playwrights in which he was a part) to
re-use names  ("Antonio," "Claudio") suggests that any particular
resonance from play to play might be purely incidental.

Matt Kozusko
 

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