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Re: Ariel's Gender
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1002  Tuesday, 1 May 2001

[1]     From:   Marti Markus <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 01 May 2001 04:17:51 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0978 Re: Ariel's Gender

[2]     From:   Florence Amit <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 May 2001 00:10:33 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0978 Re: Ariel's Gender


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From:           Marti Markus <
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Date:           Tuesday, 01 May 2001 04:17:51 +0100
Subject: 12.0978 Re: Ariel's Gender
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0978 Re: Ariel's Gender

> <Ariel is the name of a seraph. It means God's lion - <without gender, I
> <would say.
>
> In my essay on "The Tempest" ("Spirit Prison in a Tree:  Metamorphoses
> from Ovid to 'The Tempest' in "Providence: Studies in Western
> Civilization," Fall/Winter 1999), I have asserted that Ariel is a name
> for "hero" or "mountain (lion?) of god" taken from Isaiah 29:1-7:

In our parts of Europe ARIEL is a washing powder  -- or a fairy liquid.
It is very difficult to attach a gender to these things.

On the one hand, one would think that washing etc. is a traditionally
female occupation in our part of the world (not in reality -- it is me
who does the washing in our household -- but according to tradition). On
the other hand, there is also "Meister Proper", another powerful
cleaning powder or liquid, and clearly male.

In Stefan Bachmann's production of the Tempest in Basel, somebody (a
fairy?  / male or female?) crossed the stage with a packet of ARIEL (the
powder version) in his (or her?) hands. What I found a very bad and
silly joke now turns out to become more and more significant in the
light of this discussion. "Ariel w

 

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