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Shakespeare's Leap
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1741  Friday, 17 September 2004

[1]     From:   Michael Luskin <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 10:15:44 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap

[2]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 08:14:34 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap

[3]     From:   Suzanne Penuel <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 12:40:08 -0500
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From:           Michael Luskin <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 10:15:44 EDT
Subject: 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap

I was just sent an article by Stephen Greenblatt on Shakespeare.  He is
the author of a book on Hamlet, purgatory and ghosts, which several
libraries have, and which I have read.  It is terrific, if you are
interested in Hamlet, the ghost, whether Hamlet and Shakespeare were
Catholic or Protestant, and more.  Readable scholarship.

He is also a nice person, I emailed him a while ago with some question,
and he replied with a good and amiable answer.

mbl

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 08:14:34 -0700
Subject: 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap

 >"Did the creator of
 >''The Merchant of Venice'' and its moneylender, Shylock, ever meet a
 >Jew?

I have no doubt that Shakespeare knew Dr. Lopez, the queen's physician.
He is the Jew that was the inspiration for Merchant.

Colin Cox

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From:           Suzanne Penuel <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 12:40:08 -0500
Subject: 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1726 Shakespeare's Leap

I'm not sure I agree with Greenblatt that Shakespeare is less cynical or
merciless than Marlowe, either in Merchant or in any other play that
deals with social outsiders. Shakespeare, not Marlowe, is the one who
makes Desdemona say "I cannot say 'whore:' /  It does abhor me now I
speak the word," and who makes Othello and Desdemona arrange to spend
their honeymoon at the Sagittary, a name that forces us to recall
Othello's representation as a "Barbary horse," presumably inhumanly hung.

As for Merchant, Shakespeare encourages readers/viewers to find Shylock
deeply human and deeply victimized and then pretty much drops the topic
by the end of the play. (For a contrasting example, there's Malvolio,
whose exit line won't let anyone forget him.) Is The Jew of Malta really
so much more "corrosive" than Merchant? At least, since there aren't any
fully realized characters in the Marlowe play, it doesn't tempt the
audience to witness a convincing representation of pain and then ignore
it. Talk about corrosive.

Suzanne Penuel

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/12/magazine/12SHAKESPEARE.html?ex=1096098326&
ei=1&en=bd49524bf1b2e4c8


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