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