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Re: Winter's Tale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2041  Thursday, 23 August 2001

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Aug 2001 22:19:41 -0400
Subject: 12.1793 Re: Winter's Tale
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1793 Re: Winter's Tale

Frankly, I couldn't care less whether you dress up Hamlet! the Musical?
in leather jockstraps, but on what basis do you gauge my ignorance of
anything.  Obviously not on reading my paper.  Anyone so impervious to
poetic double entendre ought not to be messing with productions of
Shakespeare, musical or otherwise. As to fertility gods, the play is
neither set in England nor the 16th century.  There were no oracles
either, yet there it is.  Please do something constructive with your
pins.

Clifford

> >Sorry to be a pest, but I'm about to be away from my email for a month
> >and I wanted to mention that in one of my papers on The Winter's Tale I
> >argue that Autolycus is identified in part as a fertility god because
> >among his wares are "pins and poking sticks of steel, what maidens lack
> >from head to heel..."
>
> Well, surrounded as I am by pins, and worried as I am about the
> technology which failed to replace the poking sticks, I suppose I should
> stop worrying about recreating 16th century costume for Hamlet! The
> Musical!, and start worrying about the staggering degree of ignorance of
> the construction of 16th century dress, and the staggering degree of
> ignorance as to the non-existence of fertility deities in 16th century
> England, simultaneously demonstrated in this post. I grimly endured the
> nonsense about Lammas fairs, but this is too much...
>
>  For anyone interested in the facts, rather than the fantasies, may I
> commend to you: Janet Arnold's work, and, in particular _Queen
> Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlocked_ and _Lost from Her Majesties Back_, and
> Ronald Hutton's work, and, in particular, _The Pagan Religions of the
> British Isles_ ,
>  _The Rise and Fall of Merry England_, and _The Stations of the Sun; A
> History of the Ritual Year in Britain_.
>
> And now I must get back to the pins...
>
> Best wishes,
> Stevie Gamble

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