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The Shrew and British Feminism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0195  Monday, 26 January 2004

From:           John Webb <
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Date:           Sunday, 25 Jan 2004 12:26:03 -0000
Subject:        Re: The Shrew and British Feminism

Is Taming of the Shrew really about "feminism", or is it about Platonic
philosophy?

The Induction depicts Sly waking from a dream, unsure about the reality
of his experience.

A footnote in the Arden edition, p134, says that some of these ideas
came to be expanded in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which certainly does
have a Platonic interpretation.

Two images occur throughout Taming of the Shrew - a shrew, and
references to taming a falcon. What is the significance of these symbols?

The editor of the Arden edition notes that from the 14th Century "shrew"
was a name for the Devil, and that the female sense came later. The
editor says "the long sense of Satanic must inform our understanding".

What is the significance of taming a falcon? In myths, birds often
represent the soul. The soul of the falcon, Horus, had an important
significance in, for example, Ancient Egyptian myth. Is there any
connection?

What is this play really about?

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