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Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1374  Monday, 7 July 2003

[1]     From:   Carol Morley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 03 Jul 2003 13:59:30 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1370 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Thursday, 03 Jul 2003 09:17:44 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1370 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare


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From:           Carol Morley <
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Date:           Thursday, 03 Jul 2003 13:59:30 +0000
Subject: 14.1370 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1370 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare

I'm positively moved to riposte at (probably more correctly 'with', but
I'm feeling combative) snipers at Michael Wood. Only one installment
shown so far, so I'm holding critical fire and simply enjoying it on its
own terms.  For our North American and more global colleagues, I would
just like to say that in my opinion, Simon Shama is no longer batting
single-handed against the tide of superficial smaltz oozed by another
award-winning, gold-digging telly-superficialist British historian, who
thinks Elizabeth I is a soulmate to the late Princess of Wales. All that
good doctor has achieved is to revive the use of the dumbshow on an
over-generous budget, as silenced actors pose and preen to a soundtrack
of his ponderous over-simplifications. At least Michael Wood brings
enthusiasm, wit and curiosity to his presentation.  At least he
interviews people face-to-face, instead of selecting soundbites from
talking heads. He makes a point of establishing distinctions between
facts, professional opinions, popular legends contemporary propaganda
and wishful thinking. All this, for a non-specialist audience, yet.
Let's be sure we're none of us carping, as experts, because we weren't
invited to make our contributions on camera.

Best, and Happy 4th July to those who celebrate it.

Carol

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Thursday, 03 Jul 2003 09:17:44 -0700
Subject: 14.1370 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1370 Re: Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare

The ever anonymous Jim Carroll (perhaps he's a fantasy) notes:

>the
>"Shakespeare as Catholic" fantasy (and I say this for lack of evidence,
>not that it might not be true) is just another example of things like
>the Dark Lady, . . .

Wow! Does he need to come back from the grave and recite a Mass before
your eyes? A grandfather (declared in his will), mother and father (who
hides 'testament of my soul' in his attic). An uncle (beheaded for it)
and a daughter (declared recusant for it.) Every schoolmaster he
encounters (one ends up in a Catholic seminary; another is the brother
of a martyred Jesuit, alongside the greatest of all the English martyrs,
Edmund Campion). Raised in one of the most Catholic 'spots' in England
(all Gun Powder plot chaps come from within thirty miles of
Shakespeare's house).

Not to mention EAJ Honigmann's wonderful hypothesis (yes, no more than
hypothesis, but certainly more than 'fantasy') on the Preston
connection.

I'm all for innocent until proven guilty, but the 'let's play ostrich'
mentality?

Colin Cox
Artistic Director
Will & Company

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