2001

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1355  Monday, 4 June 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Sunday, 03 Jun 2001 12:57:56 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1327 Re: Time in Hamlet

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 4 Jun 2001 05:24:36 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 12.1327 Re: Time in Hamlet


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From:           Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 03 Jun 2001 12:57:56 -0700
Subject: 12.1327 Re: Time in Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1327 Re: Time in Hamlet

Grumble, grumble, grumble.

The problem with accreting that Claudius is actually Hamlet's father,
aside from the fact that it is so unnecessary, is that it means Claudius
and Gertrude waited either 20 or 30 years to do anything about the King.

James M. Cain would not have understood, and neither do I.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 4 Jun 2001 05:24:36 -0400
Subject: Re: Time in Hamlet
Comment:        SHK 12.1327 Re: Time in Hamlet

'But let's not go crazy. Claudius never "actually refers" to Hamlet as
his literal son.'

Of course, David Bishop is absolutely right once more. I have evidently,
in my crazy way, been using some crackpot edition of the play which
assigns to Claudius lines such as

 'But now my cousin Hamlet, and my son--' (1. 2. 64 Arden edn.)

and

 'Our son shall win' (5. 2. 289 Arden edn.)

Presumably he has access to a (sane) edition of the play which doesn't
contain these lines at all.  What a relief. Back to sleep again.

T. Hawkes

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