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Re: Castration
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0481  Thursday, 1 March 2001

[1]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 17:18:54 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 14:23:15 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

[3]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 19:56:47 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference


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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 17:18:54 -0500
Subject: 12.0477 Castration Query Conference
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

Not so long ago, Gary Taylor's new book Castration: An Abbreviated
History of Western Manhood was announced on SHAKSPER (Routledge, 2000).
I picked up a copy at MLA. One of Taylor's main primary texts is
Middleton's last extant play, A Game at Chess. For this subject, I'd
suggest getting a copy of the book, and you will find cited the main
early modern primary texts.

Jack Heller

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 14:23:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.0477 Castration Query Conference
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

This is probably the most obvious answer to the query, and I'm sure
everyone else will have more specialized material, but...no matter:  See
Gary Taylor, *Castration: An Abbreviated History of Western Manhood*
(2000).  In fact, for the rest of the list, check out the cover photo
for this volume on Amazon.  Best combination of visual and title I've
seen in ages.

Back to Scott's question: Taylor spends a lot of time on early modern
attitudes, using *A Game At Chess* as his organizing example text.  The
book's biggest weakness is that, apparently in the interests of
"readability" and possible crossover sales in the general interest
market, the citation apparatus is irritatingly difficult to use.
Nothing is marked in the text.  You have to go to the notes in the end,
find the page you're on, and see if the item you're curious about is
listed there.  Very annoying.  It's a fascinating book, though, even if
you disagree with Taylor's (characteristically) contentious conclusions.

Cheers,
Karen E. Peterson

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From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 19:56:47 -0500
Subject: 12.0477 Castration Query Conference
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

This is this absolutely new and shiny book on the subject. _Castration :
An Abbreviated History of Western  Manhood_ by Gary Taylor. (October
2000) Routledge.

William Proctor Williams
 

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