2000

Public Access to Hamnet

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1405  Friday, 14 July 2000.

From:           Richard Kuhta <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 16:11:43 -0400
Subject:        Public Access to Hamnet

READERS,

You may now access Hamnet, the Folger's online catalog, directly through
the Folger website:

                www.folger.edu

There, on the home page, you will see a link,

                NEW! Hamnet: The Folger Online Catalog

Click, and you're in.  (This link provides direct access to
http://shakespeare.folger.edu - the home page for Hamnet.)  So, you no
longer need to enter your name or a password.  We are offering full
public access, which means your students, colleagues, and friends have
direct access, whether or not they are registered Folger Readers.

Note:  We also anticipate loading 50,000 STC and Wing bibliographic
records before the year is over - the product of 3 years of grant-funded
cataloging projects.

Best wishes,
Richard Kuhta
Librarian
7/13/00

Re: Gladiator

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1404  Friday, 14 July 2000.

[1]     From:   H. R. Greenberg <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 14 Jul 2000 00:41:33 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1396 Gladiator

[2]     From:   John Ramsay <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 14 Jul 2000 04:20:20 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1396 Gladiator


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From:           H. R. Greenberg <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 14 Jul 2000 00:41:33 EDT
Subject: 11.1396 Gladiator
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1396 Gladiator

I have written a review which speaks not of Coriolanus, but of MAD MAX
as well as THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE as antecedent to
GLADIATOR. The coriolanus parallel is excellent, of course. Review is
called MAD MAXIMUS, part of a piece on manly mission movies which have
prevailed at the box office this summer.

Piece will appear in PSYCHIATRIC TIMES in two months. Those desiring a
copy earlier can send snail mail addresses to this posting.

Thanks. HR Greenberg
MD ENDIT

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From:           John Ramsay <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 14 Jul 2000 04:20:20 -0400
Subject: 11.1396 Gladiator
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1396 Gladiator

Hi, I haven't seen the movie but judging by the reviews it sounds like a
reversal of Coriolanus.

Not a bad idea.

Much more difficult to prove a connection in such a case but worthwhile.

I've always thought Coriolanus to be a very good play and under-rated.

Hope you get some results and let SHAKSPER know.

John Ramsay
Welland Ontario

Re: A Marlowe Film?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1402  Friday, 14 July 2000.

From:           Tom Dale Keever <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 12:50:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 11.1389 A Marlowe Film?
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1389 A Marlowe Film?

Kevin De Ornellas asked for confirmation about a Marlowe film in the
works.

The place to go on line with such queries is the Internet Movie Database
at www.imdb.com.

It shows no such project in the works but says that Law is doing a sci
fi spectacular for Steven Spielberg called "A.I." that will be released
in 2001 and McGregor will be Obi Wan Kenobi (sp?) in "Star Wars, Episode
2" in 2002.

If they are doing a Marlowe film it certainly won't appear until after
Lucas and Spielberg are done with them.

Anyone interested in film adaptations of Shakespeare will find lots in
interesting info at the same site.  Have fun.

                                      - - -
                              Tom Dale Keever
                            Columbia University
                            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                   http://www.columbia.edu/~tdk3

Shakespeare's Stalkers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1403  Friday, 14 July 2000.

From:           Brad Mullins <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 14:59:14 -0700
Subject:        Shakespearean Inquiry

[Editor's Note: This inquiry is from someone who is NOT a member of
SHAKSPER. If you wish to reply, please send your response directly to
Brad Mullins <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. Thanks, Hardy]

I am a screenwriter working on a project that involves a stalker.  As an
English major, I am used to checking Shakespeare's opinions on all
themes, but this time I am stuck.  I am dealing with issues of control,
surveillance, and the need to manipulate another's reality.  What has
the bard said about these issues?  What characters fit the psychological
profile of a stalker?  Iago? Lady Macbeth?  If you know of anything that
may be of assistance, please e-mail me back at:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,
Brad Mullins

Re: Female Birth-Order

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1401  Friday, 14 July 2000.

[1]     From:   Frank Whigham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 09:42:31 -0500
        Subj:   female birth-order

[2]     From:   Abigail Quart <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 11:47:52 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1397 Re: Female Birth-Order

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 13:36:23 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Female Birth Order


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From:           Frank Whigham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 09:42:31 -0500
Subject:        female birth-order

Many thanks for the useful responses that the subject has so far
elicited, esp. for Peter Hillyar-Russ's useful corrective detail. For
the record, the 1968 revised edition of Pollack and Maitland, Concise
History of the Common Law, confirms Blackstone: see 2.260 (cited by
Houlbrooke in The English Family 229)

The operations of primogeniture are an important and complex subject,
but very large indeed. Let me respectfully repeat that my own query was
more narrow, having to do with the status of the expectation of marital
priority as a reflex of female birth-order, and to what degree this was
a perceived or felt issue for early modern English men or women.

Thanks.

Frank Whigham

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From:           Abigail Quart <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 11:47:52 -0400
Subject: 11.1397 Re: Female Birth-Order
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1397 Re: Female Birth-Order

"The clear course of a wise king, I take it, would be to establish the
rule of primogeniture now. "

Uh, that's what Duncan did. Got him sooo killed.

When Duncan declared that Malcolm was his heir by styling him Prince of
Cumberland, like the English crown prince was Prince of Wales, Macbeth,
who had a shot at the throne under the old system (the one operating in
Hamlet, also), assassinated the unfortunate reformer. Malcolm fled to
England and Donalbain to Ireland where his own sympathies lay. The
competing systems warred for years. English primogeniture won, as did
English-style Christianity when Malcolm's English wife, Saint Margaret,
"cleansed" the Scottish Church. (Don't you just shudder at that word,
"cleansed?")

A professor of mine once wrote the Shakespeare history play kings on the
board. Oddest thing became apparent: Usurper. Usurper's child. Bloody
unrest when it came time for the grandchildren to take over.

The aethling system of electing a king from a pool of nobles assured
that the king was at least supported by others. Which meant some minimum
of competence. Primogeniture assured none of those things. Your eldest
is an idiot? A baby? A senile old man? Doesn't matter. He's king!
Congratulations!

The instability of primogeniture is one of the roots of democracy, god
bless it.

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From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jul 2000 13:36:23 -0400
Subject:        Re: Female Birth Order

I think that Peter Hillyar-Russ has the common law rule correct, but, of
course, the common law of England did not apply in pre-Roman Britain.

It seems to me that there are at least two dramatic reasons for Lear's
decision to divide the kingdom, rather than select one of his daughters
to reign as sole queen (presumably Goneril):

First, Lear seems truly devoted to all his daughters, albeit he has a
preference for the youngest (not at all unusual in elderly fathers), and
was loath to prefer one over the others.

Second, Lear had no intention of abdicating the crown and the pomp that
went with it.  He wanted only to resign the cares and responsibility of
rule.  He wanted to be King Emeritus.  His scheme was designed to assure
that he could continue the good life by progressing from court to court
in monthly cycles, with the daughters vying with each other to keep him
in honor and comfort.  A priori, this does not seem foolish, as it would
appear much easier for a solitary queen to fob him off than for all
three (or even two) of his daughters to conspire against him.

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