The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0838 Friday, 22 September 2006
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.
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