2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.07397  Thursday, 14 March 2002

From:           Andrew Walker White <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 13 Mar 2002 11:15:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 13.07383 Re: Shakespearean FA Cup Promos
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.07383 Re: Shakespearean FA Cup Promos

With regard to stage combat and its possible associations with ritual
warfare:

I'd prefer to think that staged combat is designed, when it is designed
well, to use combat as a means of revealing character.  It's not just
there to purge emotions or shock or dismay, it's an essential part of
the plot.  Shakespeare, to my mind, made good use of stage combat and
only showed us the stuff that a) was doable, and more importantly b)
furthered his story.

I agree that combat and ritual (and certainly dance and music, which
were a standard part of the curriculum in Ancient Greece for the
ephebes) go together, and can have that bloody association.  But let's
distinguish between the more grotesque, Roman influence on spectacle and
the more ethical uses of stage violence by others.

Andy White

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on 3/13/02 11:38 AM, Hardy M. Cook at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. wrote: > Mr. Cantrell seems to > believe the answers he gets will be meaningful. They will not. > > Mike Jensen This one was particularly meaningful. -- All the best, R.A. Cantrell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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