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Pronouncing Faustus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0354  Wednesday, 14 February 2001

[1]     From:   Lisa Hopkins <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 16:23:05 +0000
        Subj:   Faustus

[2]     From:   Deborah Selden <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 10:35:36 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names

[3]     From:   Kevin J. Donovan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 11:23:03 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names

[4]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 15:15:03 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names

[5]     From:   Arthur D L Lindley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Feb 2001 13:58:36 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names


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From:           Lisa Hopkins <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 16:23:05 +0000
Subject:        Faustus

I used to pronounce Faustus with an 'ow' sound until it dawned on me
that the phrase 'the form of Faustus' fortunes' might suggest
assonance.   I think I picked up the 'ow' sound as an undergraduate at
Cambridge, but my colleague, who was taught by William Empson, has
always pronounced it as in 'autumn'.

Lisa Hopkins
Sheffield Hallam University

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From:           Deborah Selden <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 10:35:36 -0600
Subject: 12.0349 Pronouncing Names
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names

We say Fowstus in Texas universities.

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From:           Kevin J. Donovan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 11:23:03 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 12.0349 Pronouncing Names
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names

I've found that pronouncing Faustus's name other than Germanically will
get the same reaction as eating peas with a knife, though Henslowe's
spelling "fostes" indicates a different pronunciation in the Elizabethan
theater.

Kevin Donovan <
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English Department, Middle Tennessee State University

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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 15:15:03 -0500
Subject: 12.0349 Pronouncing Names
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names

Faustus like Claudius

Clifford Stetner
CUNY

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From:           Arthur D L Lindley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Feb 2001 13:58:36 +0800
Subject: 12.0349 Pronouncing Names
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0349 Pronouncing Names

Didn't Henslowe spell it 'Fostes'?  I've long assumed that the Engish
pronunciation applied.

Arthur Lindley
 

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