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Re: MV
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0029  Thursday, 6 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Robert Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Jan 2000 12:19:43 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0024 Re: MV

[2]     From:   L. Swilley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Jan 2000 16:05:37 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0024 Re: MV


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From:           Robert Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Jan 2000 12:19:43 -0000
Subject: 11.0024 Re: MV
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0024 Re: MV

> From:           Scott Oldenburg <
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> Let's not forget Falstaff's cross-dressing in Merry Wives of
Windsor
> (IV.ii).

... and of course the described if not enacted crossdressing of both
Antony and Cleopatra in A&C.

Robin Hamilton

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From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Jan 2000 16:05:37 -0600
Subject: 11.0024 Re: MV
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0024 Re: MV

> From:           Terence Martin <
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>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
> s 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!

Mr. Martin's student had better take a closer look at Bassanio's
beautiful and profoundly observant speech in III, ii - just before he
chooses the right casket - before she decides that Bassanio is a male
version of a dumb blonde.   If Bassanio is an example of the dumb
blonde, we should people the earth with them and learn their wisdom.

         L. Swilley
 

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