2006

The Macbeth Effect

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0780  Tuesday, 12 September 2006

From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 11 Sep 2006 17:21:17 -0700
Subject: 	"The Macbeth Effect"

Discoveries: Hand-washing may help cleanse conscience as well

Boston.com, Sept. 11, 2006 [Boston Globe, from Science magazine, Sept. 6]
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/health_science/articles/2006/09/11/hand_washing_may_help_cleanse_conscience_as_well?mode=PF

BEHAVIOR:
By washing their hands, people might absolve themselves of their 
misdeeds -- if only in their minds. This is the finding of researchers 
from the University of Toronto and Northwestern University who explored 
what they call the "Macbeth effect," a threat to one's moral purity that 
incites the urge to cleanse oneself. In three studies, participants who 
thought about unethical acts were more likely to behave in ways that 
indicated they felt unclean. In one study, subjects recalling an 
unethical deed from their past were more likely than subjects recalling 
an ethical one to convert word fragments, such as W_ _ H and S _ _ P, 
into cleansing-related words (wash and soap). In another study, 
participants remembering an unethical act were more likely to request an 
antiseptic wipe over a pencil as a free gift. A sense of uncleanliness 
did not necessarily translate to more virtuous behavior, however: In a 
fourth experiment, subjects who cleansed their hands after describing an 
unethical deed were less likely to help a graduate student looking for 
research volunteers than subjects who did not clean their hands.

BOTTOM LINE:
Moral impurity does seem to be mentally linked to physical impurity, and 
the act of washing one's hands seemed to "wash away moral feelings," 
said Chen-Bo Zhong, coauthor of the studies and a behavioral scientist 
at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

CAUTIONS:
As the authors acknowledge, there are "limits to the absolution afforded 
by a bar of soap." Indeed, 41 percent of the subjects who cleansed their 
hands did volunteer to help the graduate student. It is also unknown how 
subjects would have responded were they given the chance to help someone 
they had acted unethically toward.

WHAT'S NEXT:
Zhong and coauthor Katie Liljenquist are investigating the link between 
ethical behavior and cleanliness of one's surroundings, building on 
previous studies of environmental appearance and personal behavior (such 
as research into the "Broken Windows" theory of crime fighting).

WHERE TO FIND IT:
Science, Sept. 8.

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Death of Levi Fox

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0779  Tuesday, 12 September 2006

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Subject: 	Death of Levi Fox

Stratford Herald - Sat 9th September

DEATH OF LEVI FOX, FIRST DIRECTOR OF THE SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST

SCHOLAR Dr Levi Fox, one of Stratford's most ubiquitous figures who 
played a pivotal role in the development of the Shakespeare Birthplace 
Trust, died on Sunday aged 92.

As director of the trust for 44 years, he was responsible for developing 
the charity's education work, records office, museums and gardens 
departments and conservation activities.  He helped to raise the profile 
of the brand significantly, a major landmark of his directorship being 
the opening of the Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street in 1964, the 
tercentenary of Shakespeare's birth.

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Movie Stills

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0777  Friday, 8 September 2006

From: 		Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, 8 Sep 2006 08:58:01 +0100
Subject: 17.0772 Movie Stills
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0772 Movie Stills

Chris Baker writes:

>I'd appreciate knowing the best source(s)
>for movie stills of Shakespeare plays.

Rip the DVD of the film to your hard drive, storing it in MPEG format. 
There's DVD-ripper software available all over the Internet; choose one 
with a free trial period and make sure it works on your system before 
paying for a licence.

Using video-editing software (Windows MovieMaker, which comes free with 
Windows XP is good enough) 'capture' the moment you want for your still. 
In MovieMaker, the term to search for in the help system is 'taking 
pictures'.

If you make lots of money from these images, you might be asked by the 
owners of rights to the film for a fee. If you don't make lots of money 
(say, you use the images in an educational way) then you've nothing to 
worry about. Some SHAKSPERians might try to frighten you about the 
liabilities they'll allege you are opening yourself to. Ask them to 
identify a single case of someone getting into trouble for doing the above 
in an educational context and these doomsayers usually stop their idiotic 
mouths.

You can tell the really stupid ones: they open their comments with 'My 
wife/husband/cousin is a lawyer and she/he says that you'll be taken to 
the cleaners by Miramax/Castle Rock if you follow Egan's advice'. I hereby 
personally indemnify against all financial losses from copyright lawsuits 
anyone who follows my advice.

Gabriel Egan

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Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0778  Friday, 8 September 2006

[1] 	From: 	Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
 	Date: 	Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:38:46 +0100 (BST)
 	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

[2] 	From: 	Ruth Ross <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
 	Date: 	Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:07:47 -0400
 	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

[3] 	From: 	John Crowley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
 	Date: 	Wednesday, 06 Sep 2006 20:15:05 -0400
 	Subj: 	Lyrics for Hamlet Opera

[4] 	From: 	Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
 	Date: 	Friday, 8 Sep 2006 12:14:52 +0100
 	Subj: 	Lyrics for my Hamlet Opera


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From: 		Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:38:46 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

Please, NO! Gene, don't do it! Please!

Stuart Manger

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From: 		Ruth Ross <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:07:47 -0400
Subject: 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

I think you mean "bear/The whips and scorns of life" instead of "bare. . 
."

No?

Ruth Ross

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From: 		John Crowley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 06 Sep 2006 20:15:05 -0400
Subject: 	Lyrics for Hamlet Opera

While everyone knows that the librettos of operas based on great plays 
need not be great for the operas to be great, still this seems to require 
a hell of a lot of great music to redeem it.  Why would anyone not himself 
or herself a composer, with compelling (at least to him/herself) musical 
ideas, even begin to carve up the supine body of Hamlet in this fashion? 
It's hard to know which is worse, the old stuff stripped down, the 
misunderstandings of what was originally said, or the new stuff added in. 
And not even to make easily sung rhyme and meter.

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From: 		Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, 8 Sep 2006 12:14:52 +0100
Subject: 	Lyrics for my Hamlet Opera

Gene Tyburn's marvellous conceit, with Hamlet entering 'bedraggled reading 
from a small book deep in thought', at last gives SHAKSPER the masterful 
voice that colleagues sought. The superb metrical fluency of such lines as

'Despised love, the laws unjust
The mother I thought I could trust'

has an asperity that's truly  impossible to match. I can recall only the 
taut irony of Richard Curtis's 'The Skinhead Hamlet'. There Ophelia's 
plangent discourse 'Here, cop a whack of this' takes all before it. And of 
course it's followed by Claudius's cleverly adumbrated 'Get on with it, 
slag', which makes all comment superfluous.

T. Hawkes

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Wikipedia

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0776  Friday, 8 September 2006

From: 		Kevin De Ornellas <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 07 Sep 2006 21:35:16 +0100
Subject: 17.0773 Wikipedia
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0773 Wikipedia

>"Yet, in Wikipedia's defense, the Britannica is still apologizing for
>keeping Margaret Murray's crank "Witchcraft" article in print for 40
>years, and I gather that the Britannica website, at least, subscribes (or
>once did subscribe) to Charles Hamilton's ridiculous identification of
>"The Second Maiden's Tragedy" as "Cardenio".

  I think that if you are going to defend Wikipedia, you need to do better 
than to cite two regrettable aspects of a completely different publication 
in a totally different media.

Kevin De Ornellas
University of Ulster

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