2004

Cry for Harry

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0187  Monday, 26 January 2004

From:           Claude Caspar <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 23 Jan 2004 14:38:08 -0500
Subject: 14.2307 Cry for Harry
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2307 Cry for Harry

"I thought Ethan Hawke gave the best performance, which was a surprise
because many of the critics I had read had stated he gave a weak
performance.  Most of the actors seemed to be posturing, whereas Hawke
seemed to be actually feeling the emotions of his character.  Part of
this could be because Hotspur wears his heart on his sleeve, - which
made it easier for Hawke to have more energy than anyone else."

Well, I was at last Sunday's matinee, the last performance.  Trip was
last minute & tickets almost impossible to locate short of murder-
several times I came close, but finally for $350 each we sat second row
center, often within spittle shower of the actors, one of the benefits
of live theatre...  I had just seen the amazing, now closed, Rembrandt
show in Boston's MFA which complemented the sensibilities for
Shakespeare- and, I couldn't resist Bill Irwin's so-so reprise of his
Regard show at the Signature theatre...

It was wonderful & I must agree that Hotspur was never so memorable, so
interesting, so tragic... Definitely the best and only significant
performance, though Poines now exists as an individual as never before,
a dangerous puck.  Kline wasn't the kinda Falstaff that would, or could,
illustrate & vindicate Bloom's, et ali, adulation, but he had his
moments- that He can't be denied is what is significant. Kline was
terrible at the places where the mood shifts, such as when he realizes
he has been had in the robbery...  Nothing interior.   I always re-read
Goddard before I see a play, & even played the audio Archangel version
just to ground me- alas, the Wells "Chimes" seems in limbo.  Goddard is
so good I must urge all to experience the plays through his eyes... When
you see how so many by cutting out the depth of Hal's hypocrisy, let
alone in H5, distort what Shakespeare thought important to dramatize as
counterpoint, such an abridgement seems an unnecessary evil- is it still
Shakespeare without the full text, half a loaf, now almost propaganda
for a view that was, at least, based on the whole loaf?  What was most
interesting was seeing the difference the cuts make to the
interpretation, here not just a line or two, but wholesale & one-sided.
  The adapter, a recognizable actor whose name escapes me, also played
the Chief Justice- and seemed to play the part consistent with his
interpretation & vice versa. As if Polonius scripted all of Hamlet,
alas...  Revenge of the nerds, I suppose.  But, to see Falstaff this way
is more revealing than a simply sympathetic version, too. Shakespeare
has one great & unique limitation- he never gives us anything that
doesn't have the natural ambiguity of Life itself, Santayana
notwithstanding- though of the camp that senses WS's identification with
Falstaff, especially compared with how he dissolves, nay fragments with
ironies into a thousand shards the nature & firmament of royalty,
received values, anything seeming towards Being, anything other than
nominalistic, excepting sentiment- Falstaff is a wounded man, however
heroic.  Yes, Hal is never heroic, except for a physical moment or two,
perhaps, but Falstaff lives heroically & knowingly martyrs himself...

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Shakespeare's Montaigne

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0186  Monday, 26 January 2004

From:           Tom Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 23 Jan 2004 12:04:42 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare's Montaigne

In the last chapter of Baldwin's massive Shakespere's smalle Latine and
lesse Greeke (1944), in a footnote on, as I recall, p 666 (yes really),
Baldwin says that a copy of Montaigne in the British Library has a
strong claim to be Shakespeare's copy. Does anyone know what the status
is of this claim, which I've not seen repeated elsewhere?

Thanks,
Tom

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WV Shakespeare Conference -- Last Call

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0184  Monday, 26 January 2004

From:           Edmund Taft <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 23 Jan 2004 12:37:07 -0500
Subject:        WV Shakespeare Conference -- Last Call

Papers or abstracts submitted to this year's West Virginia Shakespeare
and Renaissance Association Conference should be mailed by 31 January
2004. Electronic mailings are encouraged. The conference invites
individual papers or complete panels on any aspect of the English or
European Renaissance, 1500-1660. Papers read at the conference are
eligible for publication in annual journal of the Association: _SRASP_.
  This year's conference will be held on the campus of Marshall
University, Huntington, WV, on 22-24 April 2004.

Send an abstract or a paper to:

Professor Edmund M. Taft, Chair
2004 WV Shakespeare Conference Steering Committee
Department of English
Marshall University
Huntington, WV 25755-2646
Phone: 304-696-3155
FAX:    304-696-2448
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Call for Papers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0185  Monday, 26 January 2004

From:           Alfredo Michel Modenessi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 26 Jan 2004 02:25:17 -0600
Subject:        Call for Papers

Dear SHAKSPEReans:

In case someone feels like visiting south of the border this year, here's a

CALL FOR PAPERS

"Francesco Petrarca and Petrarchism in Europe and America"

Mexico City 19-23 October 2004

Conference organized by the Facultad de Filosof


Will Shakespeare, the KJV and the Tabloids

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0183  Friday, 23 January 2004

From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 20:00:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0159 Will Shakespeare, the KJV and the Tabloids
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0159 Will Shakespeare, the KJV and the Tabloids

Gabriel Egan writes, "Bill Arnold wrote "By the end of 1612, Shakespeare
had withdrawn from the 'King's men' and was staying at home in Stratford
with his daughter . . . I'd be grateful to hear of evidence for
Shakespeare's whereabouts at this time."

Forsooth, Gabriel, I did not write the above sentence, but do recall it
in a post but do not recall where.  I have no opinion upon its merits as
truth either.  Maybe someone can clarify who did write it.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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