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WS & GWB
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0059  Friday, 1 February 2008

[1] 	From:	Elizabeth Oakes <
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	Date:	Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 12:07:29 -0600
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0053 WS & GWB

[2] 	From:	Lynn Brenner <
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	Date:	Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 14:54:14 EST
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[3] 	From:	R. A. Cantrell <
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	Date:	Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 13:56:32 -0600
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[4] 	From:	Paul E. Doniger <
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	Date:	Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 19:32:40 -0800 (PST)
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	Date:	Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 04:16:48 +0000 (GMT)
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[6] 	From:	Ward Elliott <
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	Date:	Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 21:27:09 -0800
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From:		Elizabeth Oakes <
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Date:		Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 12:07:29 -0600
Subject: 19.0053 WS & GWB
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0053 WS & GWB

Linda Charnes, Hamlet's Heirs: Shakespeare and the Politics of a New 
Millennium, Routledge, 2006

Presentist Shakespeares, eds., Hugh Grady and Terence Hawkes, Routledge, 
2007

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From:		Lynn Brenner <
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Date:		Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 14:54:14 EST
Subject: 19.0053 WS & GWB
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0053 WS & GWB

 >In a few weeks, I'll be addressing a lay audience-not at all
 >scholarly-and they've asked me to talk about the political uses of
 >Shakespeare. In the academy, we're accustomed to reading "political"
 >broadly, but this audience is thinking specifically about modern party
 >politics-and, since it's an American audience, American references will
 >inevitably dominate.

Random thoughts:

Forget GWB. I bet that your audience's attention has already shifted 
from 'W' to the 2008 presidential primary season, which is the most 
fraught with drama that we've seen in years. I'd look for analogies and 
comparisons to the candidates rather than to the soon-to-depart incumbent.

The campaign so far having served to illustrate the extent to which the 
Clintons are a team, I'd look at the Macbeths as a couple: smart, 
talented, ambitious, ruthless, and devoted to each other.

For Obama, take a look at the Bastard in King John for an eloquent 
outsider's comments on endemic political corruption, and the redemptive 
nature of national unity. ("if England to herself do stay but true, etc")

McCain's likability, military record, high sense of honor, and fixation 
on victory in Iraq regardless of the cost-a touch of Hotspur, maybe?

Lynn Brenner

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Date:		Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 13:56:32 -0600
Subject: 19.0053 WS & GWB
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0053 WS & GWB

 >Any takers?

The very best response to their request would be, no.

-- All the best, R.A. Cantrell

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Date:		Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 19:32:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 19.0053 WS & GWB
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0053 WS & GWB

The first thing that comes to my baby boomer's mind is the play, Macbird 
by Barbara Garson. It was briefly popular in the mid-1960s (the first 
production starred Stacey Keach in the title role). It's now a bit 
dated, but still might be useful to you. Check out the web site: 
http://www.brumm.com/MacBird/

Paul E. Doniger

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Date:		Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 04:16:48 +0000 (GMT)
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Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0053 WS & GWB

Have you looked at Linda Charnes' Hamlet's Heirs? It's VERY pertinent!!!

Good luck.

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From:		Ward Elliott <
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Date:		Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 21:27:09 -0800
Subject: 19.0053 WS & GWB
Comment:	RE: SHK 19.0053 WS & GWB

Maybe Jack Lynch would like to ask his Shakespeare-Bush listeners to 
distinguish between a list of Shakespeare's coined words, which everyone 
says display his all-surpassing brilliance, subtlety, and creative 
command of the language, and Bush's coined words, which everyone says 
are terrible malapropisms. List A is Bush, B is Shakespeare. Are they 
really all that different?

A.

embetter
resignate
hopefuller
theirself
explorationists
subliminable
more few


B.

insultment
omittance
opulency
revengive
thoughten
casted
more better

Ward Elliott
Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions
Claremont McKenna College

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