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Re: King John Date
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0648  Thurssday, 3 April 2003

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 2003 15:40:06 +0100
Subject: 14.0634 Re: King John Date
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0634 Re: King John Date

Claude Caspar quotes the infuriating Harold Bloom, speaking of
Bardolatry:

"It is not too much to say that the Bastard in King John inaugurates
Shakespeare's invention of the human, which is the subject of this
book.  What made Faulconbridge's startling reality (or, if you prefer,
the illusion of such reality) possible?  The others characters in King
John, including John himself, still have upon them the stigmata of
Marlowe's high, vaunting rhetoric.  With Faulconbridge the Bastard,
Shakespeare's own world begins, and that originality, difficult as it is
now to isolate, has become our norm for representation of fictive
personages." (52)

Chaucer (and some of his powerful mates) has informed his solicitor.

martin

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