2006

Re-reading Hamlet

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0036  Wednesday, 15 February 2006

From: 		Geoff Ridden <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 15 Feb 2006 09:38:06 -0000
Subject: 	Re-reading Hamlet

Two recent re-workings of Hamlet emphasise and re-configure the role of 
Polonius. Charlotte Jones's 2001 play Humble Boy and in Stephen 
Churchett's recent TV drama, screened in the UK last month, Lewis (think 
Inspector Morse) both use the plot of Hamlet, but replace Claudius as 
Gertrude's lover with the figure of Polonius. Is this a sign of the way 
in the twenty-first century might view the play?

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Vastation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0035  Wednesday, 15 February 2006

From: 		Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 15 Feb 2006 01:42:03 -0500
Subject: 	Vastation

Harold Bloom in his "Invention of the Human" says the following about 
Antony and Cleopatra's mutual fascination with each other:  "Certainly 
it is less of a bewilderment, less of a vastation, than the familial 
love that afflicts Lear and Edgar" (p. 549).  Bloom is notorious for 
this; hardly a chapter goes by without some incomprehensible word having 
no generally recognized acceptation cropping up to spoil the flow of his 
thesis.  So far as I know, no one has called him on this; possibly for 
fear of pointing out the emperor's nakedness.

I have a fair collection of excellent dictionaries, some purporting to 
be unabridged.  Yet "vastation" stumps them all, as it does my 
spell-checker.  A search of the online compact OED comes up with
nothing.

A Google search turn up few accessible lexigraphical entries.  One, from 
the 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, defining "vastation" 
as "A laying waste; waste; depopulation; devastation [Obs]" But that 
definition hardly makes sense in the context of Bloom's usage. And, if 
it was obsolete in 1913, why did Bloom resurrect it in 1998?  Even less 
likely is "purification," with "vastation" as the noun form of the verb 
"to vastate" (i.e., to immunize).

Somewhat related to "purification" is the use of the word in 
Swedenborgian theology, such as the concept of "vastation of state": 
"Vastation of state is when we have the experience that our former way 
of operating isn't working anymore, and we are miserable." Does Bloom 
assume his readers are versed in obscure Swedenborgian theology?

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Summer Programs for Actors

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0033  Wednesday, 15 February 2006

From: 		Nicholas Clary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 15 Feb 2006 09:26:56 -0500
Subject: 	Summer Programs for Actors

A student of mine, who will have a major role in The Comedy of Errors on 
campus this semester is interested in summer Shakespeare programs for 
actors-particularly, though not exclusively-in New England.  If you have 
any suggestions, fire away!

Thanks,
Nick Clary

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Harbage and Greg

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0034  Wednesday, 15 February 2006

From: 		Tom Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Feb 2006 14:03:45 -0500
Subject: 17.0028 Harbage and Greg
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0028 Harbage and Greg

Dear Bill,

Could you briefly detail any advantage Kawachi has over Harbage, as you 
see it?

Tom

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Handsome Richard III?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0032  Wednesday, 15 February 2006

From: 		William Proctor Williams <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Feb 2006 13:39:20 -0500
Subject: 	Handsome Richard III?

A student asked a question in my class last night which I couldn't 
answer and perhaps folk on the list can.  Has there ever been a 
production of Richard III, recently would be nice by anytime will do, 
with Richard played by an incredibly handsome man with no deformities 
whatsoever?  Thanks for the help, and I will credit the answer(s) to you 
and not to me.

William Proctor Williams

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