2005

Questions on Festivity, esp. on Twelfth Night!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1739  Thursday, 13 October 2005

From: 		Lisa, Hsiutien Shen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 13 Oct 2005 03:54:26 +0800
Subject: 	Questions on Festivity, esp. on Twelfth Night!

I am not an English native speaker, and I apologize if my questions' 
shallow or stupid.

These days I am stuck in some questions while reading for an important 
essay.  The following are my recent readings on the topic:

Barber, C. L. Shakespeare's Festive Comedy-A Study of Dramatic Form and 
Its Relation to Social Custom. New York: Princeton UP, 1959.

Bristol, Michael D. Carnival and Theater: Plebeian Culture and the 
Structure of Athority in Renaissance England. London: Loutledge, 1989.

Mangan, Michael. A Preface to Shakespeare's Comedies: 1594-1603. New 
York: Longman, 1996.

I am interested in the comic elements or strategies in Shakespeare's 
comedies, especially the developed comedies like Twelfth Night.  After 
all, why are they laughable?  I found the festival originality in 
Shakespeare's comedies, and wondered if this festivity has something to 
do with Carnival (Bakhtin's idea).  I wondered how the two (festivity & 
carnival) correlated?  The above books make me confused with their 
critical stance, Shakespeare's comedy is subversive or not?  And dose my 
inferring make any sense?

Thank you for any replies.

Lisa Shen

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Request: Please ID Post to Which You Are Responding

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1738  Thursday, 13 October 2005

From: 		Robert Projansky <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 12 Oct 2005 14:44:37 -0700
Subject: 	Request: Please ID Post to Which You Are Responding

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I for one would very much appreciate it if, when you quote a prior 
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Request from the Editor: Daily Limit on Submissions

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1736  Wednesday, 12 October 2005

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Date: 		Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Subject: 	Request from the Editor: Daily Limit on Submissions

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World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Updated

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1737  Thursday, 13 October 2005

From: 		Jim Harner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 12 Oct 2005 08:15:11 -0500
Subject: 	World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Updated

Version 20053 of the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is now live. 
Coverage extends from 1963 through mid-2005 in more than 105,000 
entries. Users can search newly-added entries by selecting '20053' in 
the Version pull-down menu in the Advanced Search screen.

I urge all SHAKSPERIANS to send along details of new publications so 
that we don't inadvertently overlook books/articles/reviews/etc. in the 
next update (December/January).

Jim Harner

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Portia's Mysterious Letter

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1735  Wednesday, 12 October 2005

[1] 	From: 	Arnie Perlstein <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Monday, 10 Oct 2005 09:07:03 -0400
	Subj: 	Portia's Mysterious Letter

[2] 	From: 	JD Markel <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Monday, 10 Oct 2005 11:20:31 -0700 (PDT)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1726 Portia's Mysterious Letter


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From: 		Arnie Perlstein <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 10 Oct 2005 09:07:03 -0400
Subject: 	Portia's Mysterious Letter

 >"The limited embargo upon Antonio's ships through the influence of his
 >affiliations is a part of the plan put forward by Bassanio for putting
 >pressure upon Antonio. It is by such means that a court ruling will decide
 >upon the property of Shylock rather than the state bureaucracy."

I am ignorant of the history that you refer to in your post regarding 
the Nasi family and Venetian law, but I am glad to see that you share my 
belief that the disappearance of Antonio's ships was not accidental. 
It's fascinating to then see how such an insight can support two 
interpretations which then diverge. You see Shylock doing this in 
furtherance of a goal that is hinted at in the text, I see Shylock doing 
this in furtherance of the very goal he has explicitly articulated 
several times (i.e., revenge). But I suspect that Shakespeare would be 
pleased to see people taking the ball and running with it in these 
different directions, because I am convinced that his paramount goal was 
to make his audience feel, to (as Ingmar Bergman used to say of his own 
artistry as a filmmakers) to "touch" the audience, and also, 
complementarily, to inspire his audience to think outside the box.

Arnie Perlstein
Weston, Florida

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From: 		JD Markel <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 10 Oct 2005 11:20:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1726 Portia's Mysterious Letter
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1726 Portia's Mysterious Letter

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