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Caliban's Father
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1602  Saturday, 24 September 2005

[1] 	From: 	YuJin Ko <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 22 Sep 2005 14:59:48 -0400
	Subj: 	Caliban's Father

[2] 	From: 	Joseph Egert <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 22 Sep 2005 20:42:45 +0000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1587 Caliban's Father


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From: 		YuJin Ko <
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Date: 		Thursday, 22 Sep 2005 14:59:48 -0400
Subject: 	Caliban's Father

Dennis Taylor asks:

Has anyone argued that Caliban is Prospero's son by Sycorax ("this thing 
of darkness I / acknowledge mine"). I know there is an occasional 
tendency to make Miranda and Caliban contrasting "children", but has 
anyone argued the ultimate implication?

Well, I don't mean to use this forum to plug my own book, but as a 
matter of  fact, I have argued that position.  I have a chapter 
subtitled "How Many Children Had the Duke of Milan?" in my Mutability 
and Division on Shakespeare's Stage (2004).  I entertain the possibility 
that Caliban is Prospero's son by Sycorax, in part to allow the freer 
play of the rehearsal room to enter scholarly discussion, but also in 
part to revive what's good about A. C. Bradley (hence my mocking 
allusion to L. C.  Knights's mocking allusion to Bradley and his fellow 
character critics).

Yu Jin Ko
Wellesley College

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From: 		Joseph Egert <
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Date: 		Thursday, 22 Sep 2005 20:42:45 +0000
Subject: 16.1587 Caliban's Father
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1587 Caliban's Father

Bruce Young remains unconvinced as to Myriad Man's anagrammatic 
playfulness. There is little question Montaigne's "cannibal" figured 
prominently in the monster's moniker. I'd only emphasize Bruce's own 
concession: "the various allusions are not necessarily mutually exclusive."

Time to unleash Ariel, Bruce.

("You forgot "SEER"),
joSEph egERt

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