The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2138 Tuesday, 21 November 2000.
From: Joanne Walen <
Date: Monday, 20 Nov 2000 16:50:48 EST
Subject: Fwd: French Masters Student Lost in Shakespeare Beauty
I'm not sure why I received this plea, but if anyone on the list has the
inclination or time to respond individually, I'm sure this grad student
would be grateful.
From: ANDRE Loic <
Date: Wednesday, 15 Nov 2000 14:01:32 -0800 (PST)
Subject: French Masters Student Lost in Shakespeare Beauty
My name is Loic, I am French and I am writing a thesis about the traitor
in 'Othello', 'Macbeth', 'King Lear', and 'Richard III'. But I am having
a big trouble to put my ideas together and write something interesting.
I am sorry to disturb you, but I sent hundreds of e-mails already, and
nobody answered me yet, so I am desperate. Since you are interested in
Shakespeare, I thought that you might be interested in my subject. I
would like to submit you my plan, and would really appreciate if you
could let me know your opinion and suggestions on the subject, or if you
know someone who would be able to help me. I picked this subject, so my
teacher in France is not very helpful, she would have rather see me work
on a comparison between Shakespeare and Racine and Corneille... but I
love Shakespeare more than any other author...anyway, this is my plan :
Thesis : Could we say that there is a Shakespearean type of traitor?
I) the genealogy of the traitor
a) The Bible : - the snake; Judas
- the mysteries and moralities plays
b) poets and literature : Plautine; Dantes; Marlowe
c) potitics inspiration : Machiavelli
II) Themes of treason:
a) the traitor as pure evil, fight between sacred and evil, question
of "motiveless malignity"
b) politics matters, fight between legitimate and illegitimate
c) family matters, fight between nature and unnatural, moral and
III) Shakespeare's talent
a) treason as art, influence of Baroque spirit
b) the expression of the traitor : soliloquies, cynisme, sarcasm...
c) the question of role : traitor as hero, question of catharsis
My thesis is suppose to be a minimum of 90 pages, it is in order to have
my masters degree to become a teacher. In France we don't really need it
to teach in high-school, but I wanted to work on something else than
French authors that I studied my whole life. Thank you to let me know