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Noble Shylock
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0293  Monday, 14 February 2005

[1]     From:   John Drakakis <
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        Date:   Friday, 11 Feb 2005 16:01:15 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0283 Noble Shylock

[2]     From:   L. Swilley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 12 Feb 2005 07:05:44 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0283 Noble Shylock

[3]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Saturday, 12 Feb 2005 06:49:29 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0250 Noble Shylock

[4]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Sunday, 13 Feb 2005 23:19:01 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0265 Noble Shylock


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From:           John Drakakis <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Feb 2005 16:01:15 -0000
Subject: 16.0283 Noble Shylock
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0283 Noble Shylock

Colin Cox falls into the usual trap when trying to connect 'Lopez' with
'lupus' and hence with Shylock. The Wolvish characteristics of the
usurer would have been available to Shakespeare from 1578 onwards in
numerous usury tracts and the imagery was widely current in describing
usurers. The Lopez affair is a red herring both for this reference and
for Shylock.

Cheers,
John Drakakis

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From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Saturday, 12 Feb 2005 07:05:44 -0600
Subject: 16.0283 Noble Shylock
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0283 Noble Shylock

Whatever history may hold for the interpretation of Shylock, the
director who wants to uncover the dramatic humanity of the character
will interpret it as much as possible against the grain of his vices.
And instead of making him - as shamefully Olivier did - the greedy,
whiny, put-upon, hand-wringing sniveler - try seeing him as much as
possible as a 19th century banker, dignified and justly contemptuous of
the society beneath him.

L. Swilley

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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Saturday, 12 Feb 2005 06:49:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 16.0250 Noble Shylock
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0250 Noble Shylock

Charles Macklin, Garrick's predecessor, was the first actor noted to
have produced a tragic effect with the role. He was also distinguished
for his passionate intensity and relative psychological realism. A
highly overlooked actor.

There is also a fantastic account of the sympathetic or un-sympathetic
treatment of this role in John O'Connor's Shakespearean Afterlives.

Brian Willis

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Sunday, 13 Feb 2005 23:19:01 -0500
Subject: 16.0265 Noble Shylock
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0265 Noble Shylock

 > Shakespeare knew his audiences were particularly
 >eager to see punishment of the perfidious Jew in the context of the
 >trial and execution of Roderigo Gomez, the Spanish Jewish physician
 >falsely accused of planning Elizabeth's poisoning.

Surely you mean Lopez, or (more accurately) "Lopes" in the Portuguese
spelling.  But how do you know what WS knew?

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