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Greenblatt on Cardenio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0650  Friday, 28 September 2007

From: 		Jennifer Lee Carrell <
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Date: 		Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 14:22:21 -0700
Subject: 18.0644 Greenblatt on Cardenio
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0644 Greenblatt on Cardenio

What's left of "Cardenio" is an 18th-century bowdlerization called 
"Double Falshood", re-arranged by Lewis Theobald and published in 1728, 
after being remounted on the London stage.

It's available on various sites on the net.

 From a Shakespearean viewpoint, the problem is that "Double Falshood," 
as is, is full of holes and patches-no one knows which bits, if any, are 
Shakespeare and which are Fletcher (though the bits that are Theobald 
are fairly obvious.)

Regarding the lines that sound genuinely 17th-century, no one has teased 
out which belong to whom... though some scholars have claimed by various 
kinds of analysis to assign acts in the original play to either Fletcher 
or Shakespeare. (I'm fairly suspicious of such assignations.)

I have to say, I like the Cardenio story, which both "Double Falshood" 
and Shakespeare & Fletcher's play before it recount. Cervantes does some 
very interesting stuff with framed narratives that gradually dissolve 
into the overall narrative.

Jennifer Lee Carrell

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