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Question on Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1825  Tuesday, 5 October 2004

[1]     From:   Bill Lloyd <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Oct 2004 08:55:10 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1796 Question on Measure for Measure

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Oct 2004 10:37:59 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1803 Question on Measure for Measure


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From:           Bill Lloyd <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Oct 2004 08:55:10 EDT
Subject: 15.1796 Question on Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1796 Question on Measure for Measure

I'd like to point out that Gary Taylor's very interesting article
"Shakespeare's Mediterranean *Measure for Measure*" is now available in
the collection *Shakespeare and the Mediterranean* edited by Tom
Clayton, Susan Brock and Vicente Fores, which has just been published by
U of Delaware Press.

In it Taylor argues [persuasively to my mind] that the Viennese setting
of Measure for Measure was not a feature of Shakespeare's original
version of the play, but probably was imposed by Thomas Middleton during
a revision of the play performed in the early 1620s.  He gives reasons
for thinking that Shakespeare originally set the play in Ferrara, and
that the Italianate names of most of the characters [including Mariana]
derive from that early state of the text.

It's an article well worth reading.

Bill Lloyd

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Oct 2004 10:37:59 -0400
Subject: 15.1803 Question on Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1803 Question on Measure for Measure

I believe that's a microhelen.  Millihelens darken the entire Aegean
with ships.

Dave Evett

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