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Re: Parenting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0505  Thursday, 21 February 2002

From:           Brandon Toropov <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 06:29:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0493 Parenting was Re: Shakespeare and Sex
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0493 Parenting was Re: Shakespeare and Sex

> Because he was a man, and faced no parenting
> challenges of his own.  He
> left his own children back in Stratford.  Parentage
> is another
> issue--related to adultery of course--that S deals
> with quite often.  It
> seems, too, that parenting falls into that
> "domestic" and perhaps too
> practical realm that would not make for good theater
> (in S's opinion).

Indeed!

Does it strike anyone else that Gloucester's brisk, frank description of
his relationship to Edmund at the beginning of LEAR seems, shall we say,
well researched? One wonders how much personal experience informed such
scenes ... and then one wonders how many genetic descendants of S might
well be running around today, unwitting of their heritage!

Brandon

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