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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0537  Friday, 17 August 2007

[1] 	From: 		Rachel Wifall <
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	Date: 		Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 11:00:47 -0400
	Subj: 		Re: SHK 18.0526 Redheads

[2] 	From: 		David Frankel <
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	Date: 		Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 11:12:23 -0400
	Subj: 		RE: SHK 18.0532 Redheads

[3] 	From: 		Mary Rosenberg <
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	Date: 		Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 09:49:36 -0700
	Subj: 		Re: SHK 18.0532 Redheads


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From: 		Rachel Wifall <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 11:00:47 -0400
Subject: 18.0526 Redheads
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0526 Redheads

As far as I know, in Roman comedy, slaves wore red wigs.

Rachel Wifall
Saint Peter's College
Jersey City, NJ

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From: 		David Frankel <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 11:12:23 -0400
Subject: 18.0532 Redheads
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0532 Redheads

Thanks for the responses.  As from the ASTR list, all the replies 
concern Shylock.  I was curious, because the person I quoted spoke of 
"his most menacing characters."  Apparently, Shylock has multiplied.

C. David Frankel
Assistant Director of Theatre
School of Theatre and Dance
University of South Florida

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From: 		Mary Rosenberg <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 09:49:36 -0700
Subject: 18.0532 Redheads
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0532 Redheads

August 18

In his original manuscript for The Masks of Anthony and Cleopatra Marvin 
wrote that Enobarbus "is marked physically by the red beard his name 
implies." I was puzzled by this, as I had never particularly associated 
Eno with "red" nor Enobarbus with a red beard.

I made various enquiries and came up with the following footnote (p. 88 
in the finished book):

"The 'red beard' of his name may derive from the prefix Oeno (from Greek 
oino) meaning wine: or (less likely) from the Egyptian ivy, henna, which 
was used as a gold-red dye."

More interesting is the Enobarbus-Judas association, which would 
presumably strengthen the idea of Enobarbus's red hair. My footnote 
continues:

"For Elizabethans a red beard often denoted a villain or Judas-figure 
(See AYLI 3.4. Rosalind: His very hair is of the dissembling color. 
Celia: Something browner than Judas's). If, as has been suggested, there 
are implications of the Last Supper in Anthony's feasting of his 
soldiers in 4.2, then the Judas symbolism becomes more significant, with 
Enobarbus's subsequent "betrayal" of the Christ-like Anthony."

Any further thoughts on the subject would be welcome.

Mary Rosenberg

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