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"barbarians" in Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2190  Monday, 17 September 2001

From:           Peter Donaldson <
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Sep 2001 12:03:02 -0400
Subject:        "barbarians" in Shakespeare

The Comparative Media Studies students at MIT are putting together a
website on the coverage of the Twin Towers attack and its associated
visual and verbal rhetoric.  One part of this will be short
introductions to the vocabularies employed, and I was asked to
contribute something on "barbarians" in Shakespeare.  Shakespeare's use
of the term is not irrelevant to this purpose, but I suggested that a
classicist (or Matthew Arnold scholar?)  might provide a better expert
introduction to the term and its later polemical use.  However, as the
site evolves, it would be useful to have links or bibliographical
references to work on Shakespeare's construction of the "barbarian" as
well, and I'd like to ask list members if they know of good material on
this topic.

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