Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2002 :: April ::
Re: Belmont on the Brenta
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1070  Thursday, 18 April 2002

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Wednesday, 17 Apr 2002 14:14:54 -0400
Subject: 13.1059 Re: Belmont on the Brenta
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1059 Re: Belmont on the Brenta

Michael W. Shurgot writes:

>One could argue I suppose that Shakespeare's structure itself could tell
>us something about Bassanio's priorities and motives, but this seems an
>unnecessary investigation into a purely formal element in a theatre
>where both time and space are conventionally infinitely malleable.

If playwrights in the 1590s felt that space/time was infinitely
malleable in their scripts, then isn't that wonderful question "why this
rather than something else?" applicable to the structures of their
plays?

For example, Shakespeare could have turned Act 3 of The Merchant of
Venice into a pastoral idyll -- Bassanio's pastoral truancy -- with the
implication that Bassanio spent three happy months at Belmont before he
choose the right casket. Shakespeare did not.

So why did Shakespeare select the structure that he did?  What are the
range of possibilities?

Yours, Bill Godshalk

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.