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Re: Pop culture political parody
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0109  Friday, 18 January 2002

[1]     From:   Harry G. Rusche <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Jan 2002 10:08:32 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0089 Pop culture political parody

[2]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Jan 2002 16:48:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0102 Re: Pop culture political parody


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From:           Harry G. Rusche <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Jan 2002 10:08:32 -0500
Subject: 13.0089 Pop culture political parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0089 Pop culture political parody

I hope Professor Burt takes notice of the pretzel passage that must
appear in some as yet unknown quarto of Shakespeare's plays.  One of the
best and I might add serious and scholarly senior seminars I have taught
at Emory loved this sort of thing and saw the reasons for my asking what
makes truly good parody, especially of Shakespeare.  By the way, I used
Professor Burt's study of Shakespeare and dumbing-down in "Unspeakable
Shaxxxspeares" as the central text of my seminar, and it was a hit.  If
you want an exhilarating experience teaching Shakespeare, use his book.

Will the objections now come so thick and furious that I need to take
shelter?

Harry Rusche
Professor of English
Emory University

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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Jan 2002 16:48:52 -0500
Subject: 13.0102 Re: Pop culture political parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0102 Re: Pop culture political parody

> (Inspired) parody aside, does it bug anyone else besides me that W.,
> like Claudius, does not openly admit that he has a drinking problem?
> (Inasmuch as anyone who is a sober alcoholic is still regarded as a
> *recovering* alcoholic, rather than a *former* alcoholic, I mean.)

I tend to prefer Falstaff's assessment of Hal over Hamlet's of
Claudius.  What disturbs me far more is that, on the eve of World War
III, W is watching football.

2Henry IV 4.3
FALSTAFF  I would you had but the wit: 'twere better than
        your dukedom. Good faith, this same young sober-
        blooded boy doth not love me; nor a man cannot make
        him laugh; but that's no marvel, he drinks no wine.
        There's never none of these demure boys come to any
        proof; for thin drink doth so over-cool their blood,
        and making many fish-meals, that they fall into a
        kind of male green-sickness; and then when they
        marry, they get wenches: they are generally fools
        and cowards; which some of us should be too, but for
        inflammation.
                .............................................
        Hereof comes it that Prince Harry is valiant; for
        the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his
        father, he hath, like lean, sterile and bare land,
        manured, husbanded and tilled with excellent
        endeavour of drinking good and good store of fertile
        sherris, that he is become very hot and valiant. If
        I had a thousand sons, the first humane principle I
        would teach them should be, to forswear thin
        potations and to addict themselves to sack.

Clifford

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