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Re: Authorial Intention
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0221  Monday, 28 January 2002

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Sunday, 27 Jan 2002 11:48:52 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Sunday, 27 Jan 2002 13:51:22 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention

[3]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 09:46:47 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention


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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 Jan 2002 11:48:52 -0600
Subject: 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention

> As always, it is Ben Jonson who provides us with the exemplary case in
> these matters. He never stopped writing about his work. The stuff in
> "Discoveries", "Conversations with Drummond", begging-letters, and the
> various prefaces, prologues and epilogues to the plays bring invaluable
> exegetical tools to interpreting those plays, but no one would be naive
> enough to take it all as gospel.

I think that the 1605 printing of Sejanus had extensive marginal notes
as well as the prefaces, pro and epi logues.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell
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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 Jan 2002 13:51:22 -0800
Subject: 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention

Why does this discussion remind me of *The Prisoner* television series?

Back when the show was rebroadcast on one of our local PBS stations, the
hour was filled with what was called *The Prisoner rap session.*  The
host had some very odd ideas about the show.  Late in the process
someone dug up a television interview with the show's co-creator, star,
sometime writer/director, Patrick McGoohan.  In it, McGoohan completely
contradicted everything the host had been saying for weeks.

The host's response was, "Well, that's just his opinion."

Mike Jensen

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From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 09:46:47 -0600
Subject: 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0199 Re: Authorial Intention

Brandon Toropov writes,

> . . . In plays premiering when S may not have lived in London (and
> thus been unable to attend rehearsals and clarify his intent), do others
> besides me notice an abundance of "spoken stage directions"?  In other
> words, dialogue that cannot persuasively be delivered WITHOUT a given
> physical action taking place on stage, and that may be considered
> "direction from afar"?

I hate to be too nitpicky, but there seems to be a massive, ongoing
dispute amongst the foremost experts about the dates of Shakespeare's
plays and very little information about where he lived when. Have I
missed something major here?

A little worried,
don

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