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Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1486  Thursday, 10 August 2000.

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Aug 2000 09:24:00 +0100
Subject: 11.1470 Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.1470 Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress

The use of "actor" for "actress" would definitely be anachronistic for
the late Victorian period - as it would for Shakespeare's time, except
that there were no actresses on the English stage then, apart from those
in that visiting French troupe which no one seems to have mentioned so
far...

The trick, of course, with anachronism is to make it seem so natural and
unobtrusive that no one notices it...

John Briggs
 

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