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Re: Feathers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0777  Thursday, 5 April 2001

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Apr 2001 14:29:43 -0400
Subject: 12.0771 Re: Feathers
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0771 Re: Feathers

Not to poop the party, but I saw the RSC first tetralogy in Ann Arbor,
and don't think those feathers had anything to do with uses of feathers
in other early modern texts.  The made part of the production's
(singular, the four plays clearly conceived as one great unit) striking
3-dimensionality (e.g.  Jack Cade egging on his mob from a trapeze 10
feet above the stage), and in their brilliance and chromatic intensity
and purity their slow drift to the floor (which may explain why feathers
rather than something else) was both beautiful and disturbing.  Looking
back I can't construct a systematic set of symbolic meanings (which
doesn't mean that there wasn't one); they mostly appeared at moments of
death, and might, indeed, have been white for dead Yorkists and Red for
Lancastrians.  Has anybody tried to ask Michael Boyd?

David Evett

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