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Re: Naught's Well
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2100  Thursday, 17 October 2002

From:           Anna Kamaralli <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Oct 2002 16:42:36 +1000
Subject: 13.2078 Re: Naught's Well
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2078 Re: Naught's Well

>>"That he fails to do so [escape the forced marriage], and that we are
>>meant to celebrate the failure, makes All's Well as repugnant to men as
>>Shrew is to women."
>[Charles Weinstein]

But not all women, or even all feminists.  Germaine Greer adores "Shrew"
and it's loads of fun to read her (really very convincing) reading
suggesting that Bianca's marriage is the model that society's
constraints most often produced (as society forced women to be deceptive
if they wished to have any control over their lives), and that Petruchio
and Katherine are looking for something better than that. It's in "The
Female Eunuch".

Not too comfortable, though, with this division of expected responses
into men and women. Shouldn't we react the same way to injustice whether
or not we share the gender of the victim?

>And yet, despite that, I would have to say that productions of Shrew
>always seem to end with a lighthearted, upbeat feeling of romance, while
>All's Well tends towards darker productions that highlight the lack of
>union and the irony of the title.
>[Annalisa Castaldo]

True on the whole, though a production is mentioned in "Is Shakespeare
Still Our Contemporary?" in which, when Katherine offers her hand on her
last line, she drops the shawl she has been holding to reveal that she
has slit her wrists, and has been bleeding to death throughout the
speech.

Anna Kamaralli

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