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Re: Castration
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0492  Friday, 2 March 2001

[1]     From:   Michele Marrapodi <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Mar 2001 16:42:27 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

[2]     From:   David Linton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Mar 2001 12:02:56 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference


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From:           Michele Marrapodi <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Mar 2001 16:42:27 +0100
Subject: 12.0477 Castration Query Conference
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

>I wonder if anyone on the list could direct me to primary or secondary
>texts dealing with castration in early modern England/Europe.  I am
>particularly keen on finding works from which I could glean early modern
>attitudes toward castration, eunuchs, and so on.

For a brilliant and wide-ranging treatment of the eunuch topos in early
modern drama, see Keir Elam, "The Fertile Eunuch: _Twelfth Night_ Early
Modern Intercourse, and the Fruits of Castration," _Shakespeare
Quarterly_, 47 (Spring, 1996), pp. 1-36.

Michele Marrapodi,
University of Palermo.

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From:           David Linton <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Mar 2001 12:02:56 -0500
Subject: 12.0477 Castration Query Conference
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.0477 Castration Query Conference

It may be of general interest to the list that Gary Taylor, author of
Reinventing Shakespeare and co-editor of the Oxford Shakespeare has just
published a fascinating book called Castration which includes a good
deal about castration practices in early modern England and other times
and places as well.
 

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