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Dowd and M of V
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0438  Wednesday, 9 March 2005

From:           Tom Krause <
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Date:           Monday, 7 Mar 2005 07:38:07 -0500
Subject: 16.0413 Dowd and M of V
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0413 Dowd and M of V

The nice thing about Maureen Dowd is that she knows her Shakespeare.  In
the Washington Post, we have Tina Brown, who, in a piece entitled "Why
Can't a Man Be More Like a Woman?", recently wrote:

"Then there's James B. Stewart's new scorcher about Disney. The glory
days of Michael Eisner's rescue of the moribund mouse house have been
soured by recurring outbreaks of unchecked masculine pathology. In
Disney's case, all the jostling male egos seem to have killed each other
off. There are more dead bodies at the end than in "Coriolanus.""
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48436-2005Feb23.html).

Unless she truly believes that people leave Coriolanus thinking about
the nameless, off-stage war dead of the early part of the play, she
probably means Titus Andronicus.  Either way, she unwittingly undermines
her argument (apparently, that the world would be a better place if it
were run by socially-adept women rather than socially-clueless men), by
evoking images of Volumnia and/or Tamora.

Tom Krause

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