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Re: Rosalind
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0245  Friday, 2 February 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 01 Feb 2001 09:58:12 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0238 Re: Rosalind

[2]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Thursday, 01 Feb 2001 12:48:35 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0238 Re: Rosalind

[3]     From:   Chris Stroffolino <
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        Date:   Thursday, 01 Feb 2001 16:38:31 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0225 Re: Rosalind


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Thursday, 01 Feb 2001 09:58:12 -0800
Subject: 12.0238 Re: Rosalind
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0238 Re: Rosalind

Tom Bishop writes:

>I have argued, and would still, that their anxiety about Orlando's being
>so manipulated and easy to fool is something they should live with, that
>the play on the face of it very clearly puts Rosalind in charge of this
>action, and we should therefore give serious weight to its making HER
>the only arbiter of when she will emerge, rather than giving the
>audience the satisfaction of seeing her in turn hoodwinked by a
>conniving Orlando.

I agree with this, but have some anxieties about it.  Does having
Rosaline all-knowing and in control do anything but reverse the
manipulation of (say) The Taming of the Shrew, turning Orlando into a
somewhat oafish, if likeable, trophy-husband?

Cheers,
Se

 

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