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Re: Shakespeare and Sex
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0451  Monday, 18 February 2002

[1]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Feb 2002 12:15:46 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0434 Re: Shakespeare and Sex

[2]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Feb 2002 18:57:57 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0434 Re: Shakespeare and Sex


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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Feb 2002 12:15:46 EST
Subject: 13.0434 Re: Shakespeare and Sex
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0434 Re: Shakespeare and Sex

But the "great" tragedies are fraught with venereality. Lear is obsessed
with it, of course, as is poor Hamlet, not to mention Othello and Antony
& Cleopatra.

    Harry Hill

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Feb 2002 18:57:57 -0000
Subject: 13.0434 Re: Shakespeare and Sex
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0434 Re: Shakespeare and Sex

A parallel question might relate to the absence of adultery.

I don't think, in all 36(8) plays, it ever occurs.

Why not?

This isn't 20thC political correctness, as there are lashings of
adultery around this time (Middleton obviously springs to mind), but not
in Bill the Bard.

Baffled me for years -- did Shakespeare have a thing about married
chastity (Phoenixes and Turtles, e.g.)?

Answers much appreciated.

Robin Hamilton

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