The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0848 Tuesday, 18 April 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 18 Apr 2000 12:41:07 GMT
Subject: 11.0827 Is Rubinstein Reliable?
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0827 Is Rubinstein Reliable?
There's some pretty amazing seek and ye shall find in Rubinstein. I
prefer to rely on Gordon Williams's Dictionary of Sexual Language and
Imagery in Shakespeare and Stuart Literature (Athlone, 1994), or his
more handy Glossary of Shakespeare's Sexual Language (Athlone, 1997).
Williams has an essential awareness that both sexual practices and the
language that refers to them are historically contingent. For instance,
he notes that the word 'come' probably did not command the hairtrigger
response from Elizabethans that it does today, whereas the opposite is
true of 'occupy' (Glossary, p. 10).