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Re: Romeo & Juliet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1793  Friday, 22 September 2000.

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 13:41:27 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1781 Re: Romeo & Juliet

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Sep 2000 17:39:23 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1781 Re: Romeo & Juliet


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 13:41:27 -0400
Subject: 11.1781 Re: Romeo & Juliet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1781 Re: Romeo & Juliet

>  'Et caetera' is part of Mercutio's wit, just as 'sir
> reverence' (or 'saving your reverence') is in 1.4.

I suppose the question is whether Mercutio Bowdlerized himself or the
early editors Bowdlerized the text.  Take your pick; but a modern
audience cannot make the connection if Mercutio says "open, etc.," never
having heard of an open arse apple.

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Sep 2000 17:39:23 +1000
Subject: 11.1781 Re: Romeo & Juliet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1781 Re: Romeo & Juliet

I came in late to this discussion, but am surprised that no one has yet
(at least that I have noticed) mentioned Jonathan Goldberg's 1994 essay,
"Romeo & Juliet's Open Rs" (in *Queering the Renaissance,* also edited
by Goldberg for Duke UP).  Goldberg's argument turns in part on this
passage.  If someone already has mentioned this, please forgive my
redundancy.

Cheers,
Karen Peterson-Kranz
University of Guam
 

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