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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0838  Friday, 22 September 2006

From: 		John Briggs <
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Date: 		Thursday, 21 Sep 2006 21:01:46 +0100
Subject: 17.0827 Shakespeare Outside of England/English
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0827 Shakespeare Outside of England/English

Peter Bridgman wrote:

 >Although it doesn't quite beat the performance of Hamlet off the coast
 >of Sierra Leone in 1607, Pericles was the only 'secular' play included
 >in the 1619 playbook compiled by Jesuit schoolmasters at their school
 >at St Omer in the Spanish Netherlands.

This is fascinating: it readily chimes with the manuscript book of six 
of Shakespeare's plays (TN, ASYLI, Errors, R&J, Julius Caesar, Macbeth) 
together with three Restoration-era plays, compiled 1695-5 at Douai for 
either the English College or the boys' school of the English 
Benedictine monastery. (The Jesuits were nearby.)  This MS is discussed 
in Appendix 4 (pp. 374-387) of Juliet Dusinberre's recent (2006) 
magisterial (not quite the right word in the circumstances, I know, but 
I can't think of a better one) Arden 3 edition of "As You Like It". 
Perhaps I might add that the editor's entire career could seem to have 
been a preparation for this edition.  Of course, its beautifully nuanced 
discussion of the genders and gender relations of both actors and 
characters should be withheld from Charles Weinstein's delicate eyes.

John Briggs

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