2002

Re: Hamlet (Once More)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0242  Tuesday, 29 January 2002

[1]     From:   Andrew Walker White <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 14:39:41 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)

[2]     From:   Jack Heller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 20:03:02 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)


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From:           Andrew Walker White <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 14:39:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)

Good point, Dr. Godshalk, again, with "To be or not to be" and I admit I
need to clarify my interpretation further.  I would agree that Hamlet is
talking, in one sense, about nobility.  But more to the point, he's
talking about whether action or passivity is noble.  Do you put up with
all the injustice you see and feel, or do you take up arms against it?
And if you take up arms against it, what are the consequences for one's
immortal soul?

I also particularly enjoy, when performing, the commas in the speech (I
think in Q2):  "and_,_ by opposing_,_ end them."  The little pauses, to
me, give emphasis to 'opposition' and can give that word, and the word
"end" that follows, a rather dreadful note of preparation.  If we're
agreed that Hamlet is contemplating action, the delivery of those words
can speak to his bloody-mindedness.

OK, so now the big question I've never seen adequately resolved:  what
book is Hamlet _really_ reading?

Cheers,
Andy White

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From:           Jack Heller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 20:03:02 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0220 Re: Hamlet (Once More)

To this:

> In my experience, Shakespeare tends to have his characters say what they
> mean, and mean what they say.

may I offer Dogberry as a counterpoint (Much Ado, 4.2): O villain! thou
wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this.

Jack Heller

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Re: Judi Dench

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0241  Tuesday, 29 January 2002

From:           Eva Dikow <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 20:36:04 +0100
Subject: Judi Dench
Comment:        SHK 13.0166 Judi Dench

I went to see *Iris* (which I found excellent) when I went to England
last week as I was afraid it might not be shown in Germany at all. Also,
I was lucky enough to actually meet Dame Judi on the next night (she's
currently performing in the West End). Having admired her as an
excellent actress for a very long time I was very pleased to see that
she's a very nice person as well.

John Velz wrote,

> J.W. and others may get some pleasure from
> John Lahr's long account of Judi
> Dench in the latest *New Yorker*.

Would John or anybody else know whether it is possible to access this
article via net? I tried their website but there does not seem to be a
search function. I wouldn't know where to look for a printed copy here
in Germany.

Thanks.

Eva

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Rushes on the Indoor Stage

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0239  Tuesday, 29 January 2002

From:           Will Sharpe <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 18:41:10 +0000
Subject:        Rushes on the Indoor Stage

I am working on the original staging of two Whitefriars plays 1607-1610
and am stumped on a question relevant to Lording Barry's Ram Alley.  If
anyone knows anything about the use of rushes onstage in the indoor
theatres or of references which may be helpful, any information would be
greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Will Sharpe

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2002 NEH Humanities Focus Grants

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0240  Tuesday, 29 January 2002

From:           Jennifer Serventi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 13:47:29 -0500
Subject:        2002 NEH Humanities Focus Grants

Please post.  Apologies for cross-posting.

2002 HUMANITIES FOCUS GRANTS,
DIVISION OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS,
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports school teachers and
college faculty in the United States who wish to strengthen teaching and
learning in history, literature, foreign languages and cultures, and
other areas of the humanities.  The Division of Education Programs
announces the next deadline for the Humanities Focus Grants competition.

Humanities Focus Grants, typically of one year in duration, support
collaborative study of significant humanities topics and enable
educators to map institutional directions for teaching the humanities.
Humanities Focus Grants are particularly appropriate and are encouraged
for first-time applicants.  The NEH staff encourages consultation with
program staff prior to submitting an application.

Application deadline:  April 15, 2002
Funding available:  up to $25,000
Guidelines and application forms are available
from the NEH Web site at
<http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html>.

For more information about this grant opportunity, or if you have ideas
about developing a project, please e-mail, write or call:

Division of Education Programs
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Re: Postmodern Shakespearean Performance

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0238  Tuesday, 29 January 2002

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 10:32:28 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0224 Re: Postmodern Shakespearean Performance

[2]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 21:21:09 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0224 Re: Postmodern Shakespearean Performance


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From:           Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 10:32:28 -0800
Subject: 13.0224 Re: Postmodern Shakespearean Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0224 Re: Postmodern Shakespearean Performance

This is a very hard message from me to write.  Terrance Hawkes posted:

>>>If Charles Weinstein's account of the threats of physical violence and
>>>the death-wish he has received is accurate, then he is absolutely right
>>>to be concerned. The issuing of threats of this nature is a serious
>>>offence in law and it would be unwise of list-members to appear in any
>>>way to want to sweep it under the carpet. The suggestion that such
>>>matters should be kept 'off-list' seems to move in that direction. On the
>>>contrary, we need to make quite clear our wholesale disapproval of such
>>>tactics in any shape or form and in any location, public or
>>>private. Unless and until we do, we risk becoming a laughing-stock in
>>>the public prints.

If I may speak candidly, I am the culprit, and I am truly sorry.  I
don't even remember the first incident.  The way my mind works, I
probably thought something like, "Weinstein mugs actors with his
reviews, so I'll make a joke about mugging him in an alley to hold a
mirror up to him, ironically showing him what he does to others."  I
could NEVER mean this seriously.  I can well understand how the irony
could be lost on anyone, and how it could be taken as a real threat.  I
wrote to Mr. Weinstein, explained, and apologized Sunday.

In the second incident, Mr. Weinstein posted one of his nasty messages
about someone I have met and liked very much.  I was so enraged that I
wrote telling him I hoped he'd die of cancer.  List members may not
believe this, but the truth is that I had the curser over the SEND
button, realized that sending the message would make me as bad as he is,
maybe worse, and tried to move the curser to CANCEL.  I don't know if
this has ever happened to you, but it clicked on SEND as I tried to move
it.  I had that OH CRAP feeling, and immediately wrote an apology.  I
didn't mention about clicking SEND accidentally in my apology, because I
realize it sounds phony, but I know it is true.

The first incident really was an attempt at humor and correction, I now
realize very misguided.  This second is much harder to excuse.
Weinstien has been told all this off-list, but it makes no difference to
him.

I am sensibly ashamed of my actions, and have not repeated them, though
I have tried to be fearless about standing up to Mr. Weinstein on-list
in other ways.

Mike Jensen

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From:           R. A. Cantrell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 21:21:09 -0600
Subject: 13.0224 Re: Postmodern Shakespearean Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0224 Re: Postmodern Shakespearean Performance

>I'm curious.  Does anybody besides, possibly, Mr. Weinstein, consider
>the above to be examples of reasoned argument?

Yes

All the best,
R. A. Cantrell
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