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Inquiry - Elizabethan Audience
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0780  Thursday, 5 April 2001

From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Apr 2001 11:26:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Inquiry - Elizabethan Audience

This question will also involve a trip to the SHAKSPER archives, but I
am wondering what recent work has been done on the issue of Elizabethan
theatre audiences -- their literacy levels, their facility with Latin,
French, their acquaintance with classical sources cited in the plays.

I would stress that I am not so much interested in 'ideal' audience
members, a crude fiction that, but more in the practical aspects of:
how many people could be expected to 'get' cultural references, use of
Latinate/French syntax and vocabulary -- that sort of thing.

Referrals on and off-list would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks,
Andy White
University of Maryland, College Park

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