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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1856  Thursday, 25 September 2003

[1]     From:   Scott Oldenburg <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 10:09:59 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1851 Eunuchs

[2]     From:   W.L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 14:23:37 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1851 Eunuchs


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From:           Scott Oldenburg <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 10:09:59 -0400
Subject: 14.1851 Eunuchs
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1851 Eunuchs

Gary Taylor's _Castration, an Abbreviated History of Masculinity_ offers
a rich reading of castration from antiquity on.

Perhaps the eunuch bit is Viola's way of covering for her higher vocal
range?

Best,
Scott

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From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 14:23:37 -0400
Subject: 14.1851 Eunuchs
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1851 Eunuchs

There are different types of eunuchs.  Some have only the testicles
removed, some only the penis, and some both.  If Viola presented herself
as one of the latter, she would have a ready explanation for the absence
of her virile member.

Bill Godshalk

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