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Re: Edgar and Edmund
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1068  Thursday, 18 April 2002

[1]     From:   David M Richman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Apr 2002 11:30:42 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1056 Re: Edgar and Edmund

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Apr 2002 08:35:51 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1056 Re: Edgar and Edmund

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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Apr 2002 10:48:35 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1056 Re: Edgar and Edmund


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From:           David M Richman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 17 Apr 2002 11:30:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 13.1056 Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1056 Re: Edgar and Edmund

One might argue (I would argue) that Edgar is, among many other things,
a complex comic agent.  He plays an elaborate, sadistic practical joke
on his blind old father.  One might argue further that the old lecher is
not wholly undeserving of such treatment.  Edgar's and Gloucester's
scenes in Acts III and IV, either in Q or F, may invite such a reading.
It is Edgar, after all, who talks about the old lecher's heart being a
small spark in a cold body.  In the pratfall scene, when the blind old
fellow falls on his face, Edgar is Petrucchio to Gloucester's Kate, or
Sir Toby to Gloucester's Malvolio.  Edgar is engaging in elaborate
deception, and Gloucester is the butt.

I suggested a comic/grotesque staging for the "Dover Cliff" episode at
the recent conference that celebrated the opening of the Blackfriars
Theatre in Staunton, Virginia, under the aegis of the Shenandoah
Shakespeare Express.  The paper was short (about five pages.)  It would
make for either a long post, or a very short addition to the file
server.  I defer, of course, to Hardy as to how, if at all, the paper
should be used.

David Richman

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