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Macbeth Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0065  Wednesday, 12 January 2005

[1]     From:   Kathy Dent <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 22:26:44 +0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0052 Macbeth Characters

[2]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 22:15:19 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0052 Macbeth Characters


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From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 22:26:44 +0000
Subject: 16.0052 Macbeth Characters
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0052 Macbeth Characters

John Reed <
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 >I have read Shakespeare's Speech-Headings now, and I want to thank the
 >two of you who recommended it.  I especially liked the last essay, on
 >"What's the Bastard's Name?"

Delighted to hear that John has got information and amusement from
Randall McLeod.  I would say that his work is always worth a read.

On the subject of how parts were doubled in the Renaissance theatre: in
the collection of essays _Textual Performances_ (eds. Erne & Kidnie,
2004), a chapter by Thompson & Taylor discusses doubling in Hamlet.
They indicate the general background to doubling of roles and how this
would have worked out in a company like the Kings Men.  They also
describe two schools of thought about doubling - the one that regards it
as predominantly for practical purposes and the other that has proposed
'conceptual doubling', where the audience's awareness of doubling would
be used to make connections between the roles doubled.  Interestingly,
they point out that, in the newer Arden editions, editors are being
encouraged to supply casting charts.  They also give examples of charts
for the three Hamlets (Q1, Q2 & F) from the forthcoming new edition of
Arden Hamlet(s).  The notes from this chapter are a very useful summary
of further sources of work in this field.

Kathy Dent

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 22:15:19 -0500
Subject: 16.0052 Macbeth Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0052 Macbeth Characters

John Reed <
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 >As an aside, before I render my attempt at homology, in the New
 >Cambridge Shakespeare Macbeth, edited by A.R. Braunmuller, there is the
 >note that historically Lady Macbeth had a real name, which was "Gruoch."
 > I wonder if that is a title, like Sauron (=Enemy).  That is one ugly
 >name for a fiend-like queen.  I also wonder if it is Scottish Gaelic,

Presumably. It was Malcolm who introduced English as the court language.

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