The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1163 Tuesday, 6 June 2000.
Date: Monday, 05 Jun 2000 11:43:49 -0700
Subject: A Shrew
I just read The Taming of A Shrew, note indefinite article. The most
recent discussion of its relationship to The Shrew I have seen is the
1998 copyrighted intro to the Signet edition of The Shrew, which says
the consensus is that it is a bad quarto.
I hesitate to accept this for a couple of reasons.
1) While I am not in awe of Laurie Maguire's book, I am slow to assume
memorial reconstruction after reading her.
2) The "bad quartos" I have read are usually closer to F than is A
Shrew. I especially note the changes in the ending and the changes of
character names. Ferando for Petruchio? I don't remember any Qs I have
read (there are many I have not read) having such radical departures.
My questions are, what do members of the list think of the nature of A
Shrew, and is there precedent in other Qs for such radical differences?
Of course I don't mean Troublesome Reign, King Lier, and the History of
H5, obviously. Virtually no one argues they are by Shakespeare.
Thanks in advance,