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Re: Shakespeare in the Bush
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0112  Wednesday, 19 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Martin Orkin <
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        Date:   Monday, 17 Jan 2000 19:40:11 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0103 Shakespeare in the Bush

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Jan 2000 09:16:37 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0103 Shakespeare in the Bush


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From:           Martin Orkin <
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Date:           Monday, 17 Jan 2000 19:40:11 +0200
Subject: 11.0103 Shakespeare in the Bush
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0103 Shakespeare in the Bush

Naomi Conn Liebler has something to say about this in Shakespeare's
Festive Tragedy - if anything else comes up, I too would be interested.

  Best
  Martin Orkin

> As I'm sure many of you know, Laura Bohannan wrote an article years ago
> entitled "Shakespeare in the Bush."  Does anyone know of any article or
> articles that attempt to assess or critique Bohannan's conclusions?

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Jan 2000 09:16:37 -0800
Subject: 11.0103 Shakespeare in the Bush
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0103 Shakespeare in the Bush

I am curious about C. David Frankel's post,

> As I'm sure many of you know, Laura Bohannan wrote an article years ago
> entitled "Shakespeare in the Bush."  Does anyone know of any article or
> articles that attempt to assess or critique Bohannan's conclusions?

For the curious, Bohannan's article appeared in Natural History in
1966.  Sorry, I don't know the issue.  I found it in the second edition
of Podolefsky and Brown's anthropology text book, Applying Cultural
Anthropology, which I believe in now in its fourth edition.  I don't
know if still contains the essay, but it may.  It makes for lively
reading.  As I recall, she recounts her telling the Hamlet plot to some
West Africans.  They point out how ridiculous it is because ghosts don't
behave that way, Hamlet expected Gertrude to mourn too long before
remarrying, etc.

I don't recall Bohannan's conclusions.  I remember her just telling the
story to show cultural differences, but that may be the fault of my
middle-aged memory.  C. David, would you mind reminding us what those
conclusions were?  That may make any answers to your post easier to
understand.

Best,
Mike Jensen
 

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