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Notion of Time
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1537  Saturday, 17 September 2005

[1] 	From: 	Walter Cannon <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 08:37:36 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

[2] 	From: 	Alberto Cacicedo <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 11:06:28 -0400
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[3] 	From: 	Jonathan Hope <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 16:11:14 +0100
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[4] 	From: 	Ward Elliott <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 11:50:22 -0700
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[5] 	From: 	Bruce Young <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 17:11:56 -0600
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[6]	From: 	Martin Steward <
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	Date: 	Friday, 16 Sep 2005 09:09:50 +0100
	Suct: 	SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

[7] 	From: 	Joseph Egert <
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	Date: 	Friday, 16 Sep 2005 15:27:05 +0000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1522 Suggestions for Readings on the Notion of Time


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From: 		Walter Cannon <
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Date: 		Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 08:37:36 -0500
Subject: 16.1522 Notion of Time
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

You might want to check Ricardo Quinones' *The Renaissance Discovery of 
Time* with chapters on Dante, Petrarch, Rabelais, Montaigne, Spenser, 
Shakespeare, and Milton.  He does discuss the sonnets, Richard II, 
Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest.

Walter Cannon
Central College

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From: 		Alberto Cacicedo <
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Date: 		Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 11:06:28 -0400
Subject: 16.1522 Notion of Time
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

I vote for _The Tempest_ and a "dark backward and abysm of time" 
separated from a future implied in "Every third thought shall be my 
grave" by the timed haste of a "now" that "depend[s] upon / A most 
auspicious star."  It's quite similar to _Comedy of Errors_ in that 
regard, but more intensely absorbed in questions of time and timing.

Al Cacicedo
Albright College

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From: 		Jonathan Hope <
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Date: 		Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 16:11:14 +0100
Subject: 16.1522 Notion of Time
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

John Kerrigan has an outstandingly good section on time in the 
introduction to his Penguin edition of the sonnets.

Jonathan Hope
Strathclyde University, Glasgow   http://www.sinrs.stir.ac.uk/

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From: 		Ward Elliott <
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Date: 		Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 11:50:22 -0700
Subject: 16.1522 Notion of Time
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

Take a look at Ricardo Quinones, The Renaissance Discovery of Time, 
Harvard, 1972.


Ward Elliott

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From: 		Bruce Young <
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Date: 		Thursday, 15 Sep 2005 17:11:56 -0600
Subject: 16.1522 Notion of Time
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

In response to Edna Boris's request for suggestions for Shakespearean 
works dealing with time: Yes, you're right; time is an issue in many of 
the plays.  In fact, I've noticed that the word "time" appears (more 
than once) in the closing lines of several plays.  (I haven't checked, 
but I think that's true of Macbeth, for instance.)

In addition to Macbeth and some of the history plays, I'd suggest the 
late romances, especially The Winter's Tale, in which personal time, 
seasonal time, generational time, and providential time are all at work. 
  Greene's Pandosto, from which Shakespeare (in part) took the plot, is 
subtitled "The Triumph of Time."  And of course Time appears as a 
character midway through the play, arguing (among other things) that he 
has the power to change human conventions and that it is therefore no 
crime that the play does not follow the so-called unity of time.

Bruce Young.

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Date: 		Friday, 16 Sep 2005 09:09:50 +0100
Subject: Notion of Time
Comment: 	SHK 16.1522 Notion of Time

"Among the readings I'm thinking of including are Stephen Hawking's A 
Brief History of Time and Shakespeare's Richard II because of Richard's 
line about his having wasted time which now wastes him, but time is a 
theme in almost all of Shakespeare's writing, so I'm not convinced that 
that would be the best Shakespeare play to include if there's room for 
only one. I'd welcome suggestions on any readings"

The Tempest.

Gary Schmidgall draws attention to "a crucial word-cluster in the play 
centering upon temperance, season (tempestas), temporal, time (tempus), 
tempest, and temper" (Schmidgall, Shakespeare and the Courtly Aesthetic. 
  Berkeley 1981, pp. 253-262; also Douglas Peterson, Time, Tide, and 
Tempest: a study of Shakespeare's romances. San Marino 1973, esp. pp. 
238-244; T. R.  Langley, "Shakespeare: Dream and Tempest", Cambridge 
Quarterly 20 (1991), pp.118-137).

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From: 		Joseph Egert <
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Date: 		Friday, 16 Sep 2005 15:27:05 +0000
Subject: 16.1522 Suggestions for Readings on the Notion of Time
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1522 Suggestions for Readings on the Notion of Time

To Edna Z. Boris in her hunt for the best Shakespeare play on the notion 
of time, why not check out MACBETH? The play's central metaphor may be 
the impenetrable womb of Time. Related is the Manichean clash of 
life-giving spring/summer Sun light against the harvesting fall/winter 
Lunar night amid endless cycles of usurpation and restoration since 
Creation. Shakespeare reveals how, in the twilight fog of war, the two 
resemble and indeed engender each other.

Regards,
Joe Egert

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