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Re: MV
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0024  Wednesday, 5 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Scott Oldenburg <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 04 Jan 2000 09:40:27 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0019 Re: MV (cross-dressing)

[2]     From:   Terence Martin <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 04 Jan 2000 12:27:27 -0600
        Subj:   MV


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From:           Scott Oldenburg <
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Date:           Tuesday, 04 Jan 2000 09:40:27 -0700
Subject: 11.0019 Re: MV (cross-dressing)
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0019 Re: MV (cross-dressing)

Troy A Swartz:

> Also, another
> comedic aspect of the play is Portia's cross-dressing-something
> that finds its way into almost every comedy!

Robin Hamilton:

>Well, no ... five comedies from the whole canon, and three of them from
>the roughly 1595-1600 period (in order, AYLI, MV, and TN), the other
>two being TwoGents and Cymbeline.

Let's not forget Falstaff's cross-dressing in Merry Wives of Windsor
(IV.ii).

Happy New Year,
Scott Oldenburg

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From:           Terence Martin <
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Date:           Tuesday, 04 Jan 2000 12:27:27 -0600
Subject:        MV

In response to the observation about the sadness of Bassanio's lovers, a
student of mine in discussing this very issue said that she saw Bassanio
as a male version of the dumb blonde.  One could be in love with the
beauty, but sad about the person's limitations and that both Portia and
Antonio are aware of this.  As good a comment as I had and which goes to
show that students can often provide more than "goofy" answers!

Terence Martin
UM-St. Louis
 

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