The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0215 Wednesday, 28 January 2004
Date: Tuesday, 27 Jan 2004 11:03:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Questions Related to Love's Labor's Lost
I'm finally getting to teach my first full-fledged Shakespeare course.
You helped me last summer decide upon an edition to use for this course;
I have gone with the recent Penguin edition from Orgel and Braunmuller
which seems a nice balance between economy and usefulness.
In my reading of LLL, I noticed in the opening scene clusters of
religious, military, and academic imagery. As the play progresses, we
are introduced to Don Armado the braggart soldier, Holofernes the
pedant, and Nathaniel the curate. Can anyone recommend any published
research that examines these characters as extensions on the imagery?
I also wonder about the rules for the King's academy. These have long
impressed me as related to monastic rules, but that impression is not
bourn out by any other language that I find in the play. Does anything
support a connection between the rules and monasticism?
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