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Re: 15 or 16 Years in Winter's Tale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1024  Saturday, 31 May 2003

[1]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 May 2003 15:46:33 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 14.1017 Re: 15 or 16 Years in Winter's Tale

[2]     From:   Ivan Fuller <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 May 2003 11:34:49 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 14.1017 Re: 15 or 16 Years in Winter's Tale


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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Friday, 23 May 2003 15:46:33 +0100
Subject: Re: 15 or 16 Years in Winter's Tale
Comment:        SHK 14.1017 Re: 15 or 16 Years in Winter's Tale

I agree with Peter Hyland.

The Unity of Time obviously looked particularly stupid to Shakespeare.
In the Tempest, which obeys the unity perfectly, there is a lot of play
with its absurdities, and with image and word-clusters around the idea
of time, tempus, etc. (q.v. the title!).

m

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From:           Ivan Fuller <
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Date:           Friday, 23 May 2003 11:34:49 -0500
Subject: Re: 15 or 16 Years in Winter's Tale
Comment:        SHK 14.1017 Re: 15 or 16 Years in Winter's Tale

>>The entire central part of this play dislocates the
>>expectations about "reality" set up by its first three acts. The
>>audience is surely expected to see the joke.

I don't know that I'd go so far as to say the audience would "surely"
see the joke.  My audiences are sharp, but that may be expecting a bit
much from them.

Ivan Fuller
Bare Bodkins Theatre Co.

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