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This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm,
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0629  Monday, 8 March 2004

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 5 Mar 2004 11:25:34 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0616 This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This
Soul Food

[2]     From:   Kris McDermott <
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        Date:   Friday, 5 Mar 2004 12:50:27 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0616  This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This
Soul Food


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 5 Mar 2004 11:25:34 -0500
Subject: 15.0616 This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm,
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0616 This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm,
This Soul Food

Fools rush in . . . .

In my experience (which includes a very recent quick tour of the sites
provoked by a Google search) the term "soul food" refers to the cooking
of the African-American South, a tradition that a Caucasian hillbilly
like Jethro Bodean does not very appropriately represent.  Any side meat
to be had in this restaurant?  Hog jowl?  Dandelion greens?  Chitterlings?

Waspishly,
David Evett

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From:           Kris McDermott <
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Date:           Friday, 5 Mar 2004 12:50:27 EST
Subject: 15.0616  This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm,
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0616  This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm,
This Soul Food

I don't know if the Adkins/Low-Carb craze has reached London yet, but
Clifford Stetner's evocation of Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair" makes me
wonder whether this play shouldn't be revived with nods toward our
current "religion" of dietary control.  The Puritan Zeal-of-the-Land
Busy would be right at home amid the sanctimonious celebrity
nutritionists of our day, especially when he notes, "In the way of
comfort to the weak, I will go, and eat. I will eat exceedingly, and
prophesy; there may be a good use of it..."  (His purpose is
anti-Semitic, of course, but the play is full of references to
mock-sacred eating of all kinds).

To bring this back around to Shakespeare, I wonder if any studies have
been done on the use of food-metaphors in his plays, as compared to
those of their indisputable master, Jonson.

Kris McDermott
Central Michigan University

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