The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0428 Thursday, 14 February 2002
Date: Tuesday, 12 Feb 2002 15:00:44 -0800
Subject: Re: Playboy 1970 Pictorial Called "The Girls of Julius Caesar"
Yes, of course I clicked on the link. The sight of those 1970s lovelies
cheered up a gloomy English February Tuesday afternoon no end. They
were a little stilted and self conscious, if I may criticise just a tad,
(a bit like the acting of Johnny Geilgud, if I remember) and seemed
mostly to want to show only their left breast - perhaps a Roman fashion
of the time - or a directorial reluctance to show us too much young
female flesh. After all it is Shakespeare, chaps! No, I was joking!
All of which brings to mind an absence of sexual discussion on this
list. It is, after all, an obsession of our favourite writer - he
hardly stops talking about it (and doing it, if we are to believe the
sonnets). Why the void? Perhaps it is the presence of the teaching
hyper-enthusiasts who insist that a teenage without Shakespeare is a
teenage not worth living? Or the well known American prudery? Or some
entrenched right-wing Christianity? Or too much Charles Lamb? Does
Bowlder still live? Shakespeare without sex is not Shakespeare at all,
don't you think? Am I obsessed?
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