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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1408  Friday, 26 August 2005

[1] 	From: 	Kezia Vanmeter Sproat <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 25 Aug 2005 14:33:37 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1388 Comment

[2] 	From: 	Louis W. Thompson <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 25 Aug 2005 15:36:09 EDT
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1388 Comment

[3] 	From: 	Florence Amit <
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	Date: 	Friday, 26 Aug 2005 00:05:57 +0300
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From: 		Kezia Vanmeter Sproat <
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Date: 		Thursday, 25 Aug 2005 14:33:37 -0400
Subject: 16.1388 Comment
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1388 Comment

[Re. Deborah Selden's note: My dear late ex-husband's favorite word was 
floccinaucihilipilification so we named a new puppy "Floxy." She lived 
long and well.]

But this post is really about Hamlet, and Dover Wilson, and an idea 
someone on the list might be interested in "borrowing" and running with.

Negatively inspired by Wilson's title & text, (What Happens in Hamlet) 
and in a serio-jocular educative mood, many years ago I proposed to 
write a newspaper column, "This Week in Hamlet." The idea was to share 
with public audiences, and allow them to enjoy, the huge diversity of 
interpretation, staged and written, re. our hero [or heroes, Hamlet and 
author], and to enlarge awareness of some of the fine points in the 
humanities that most of my colleagues take for granted but most of the 
public is innocent of. [And are still innocent of.] The column would 
also list current Hamlet and other Shakespeare productions, films, etc., 
anything: the central play, both a taking-off point and a "coming back 
to" point for dialogue between literati and newspaper audience. A 
celebration of its depth & light.

I forget what newspaper or syndicate I sent that proposal to, perhaps 
the NYTimes, probably a Washington Post group, but whichever one it was 
important enough that I was quite pleased when the editor sent back a 
personal letter of rejection saying it would be a fine idea for a less 
frequent periodical. I went on to other pursuits but still think it's a 
fine idea, assuming the writer's not grinding axes.

Since then, there's an INDUSTRY built around Ophelia and the Mary Pipher 
book, Reviving Ophelia.

There it is, about half-baked.

Kezia Vanmeter Sproat

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From: 		Louis W. Thompson <
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Date: 		Thursday, 25 Aug 2005 15:36:09 EDT
Subject: 16.1388 Comment
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1388 Comment

I don't think "sensitivity" and gender are correlated.

I once heard a Hollywood starlet screaming in the hall at Warner Bros: 
Waddaya mean I'm not sensitive. I'm as DAMNED SENSITIVE as anyone else. 
Do you HEAR THAT??!!

Louis W. Thompson

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From: 		Florence Amit <
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Date: 		Friday, 26 Aug 2005 00:05:57 +0300
Subject: 	Comment

To you kind gentlemen and those who were raised properly:

It is not because of being rudely treated by men that would make a woman 
and some men as well shun the forum, although that happens occasionally. 
But rather it is the atmosphere of dueling and wounding that makes one 
wonder how such behavior can help our understanding of William 
Shakespeare's achievement - such a great architect of verbal 
conceptualization. One may falter and make mistakes. It is quite 
permissible to set some one aright or to disagree. But to relish making 
knock out blows for any pretence and often - sometimes even for a wager 
just seems to me like playground brawling.

Florence

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