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Re: Duke as Count
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1562  Tuesday, 25 June 2002

[1]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jun 2002 20:41:27 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: Duke as Count

[2]     From:   John-Paul Spiro <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jun 2002 17:02:19 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1551 Duke as Count


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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jun 2002 20:41:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Re: Duke as Count

The editors of the Oxford edition (Roger Warren and Stanley Wells) note:

In the Folio stage directions and speech prefixes Orsino is always Duke;
but in the dialogue he is 'Duke' only four times (1.2.23, 43, 52,
1.4.1), 'Court' thirteen times. Since all the references to 'Duke' occur
in early scenes, Shakespeare's conception may have changed during
composition, as Turner suggests [...]; the scribe who prepared the Folio
text may have imposed consistency in the directions and prefixes [...]

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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From:           John-Paul Spiro <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jun 2002 17:02:19 -0400
Subject: 13.1551 Duke as Count
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1551 Duke as Count

Larry:

Duke and Earl/Count are quite different in the British peerage, yes.
But are they so in Illyria?  Orsino appears to be the closest that
Illyria has to a head of state, however preoccupied he may be for the
duration of the play.  Whether one is a Duke or Earl/Count matters when
one has a King to answer to, but as far as I know, the Illyria of TN has
no King.

John-Paul Spiro

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