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Re: Geography
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1411  Thursday, 7 June 2001

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Jun 2001 18:10:18 +0100
Subject: 12.1389 Re: Geography
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1389 Re: Geography

Sean Lawrence writes

> Jewels are not entirely surrounded by the metals in which they are set.

A globe of which one hemisphere is water and the other land offers the
pleasing spectacle of an island entirely surrounded by water (as Hawkes
says Gaunt imagines) and a lake entirely surrounded by land. The same
piece of land is simultaneously surrounded and surrounding. For this we
have the French poststructuralists to blame. It started with the loss of
Calais, which prompts Gaunt's agonized hallucination.

Until the mid-1980s, weather reports on British television used to show
the artificial statelet of Northern Ireland entirely surrounded by
water, as though the larger republic from which it is partitioned were
submerged. The first B in BBC is "Bard's".

Gabriel Egan

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