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New Portrait of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0168  Monday, 13 April 2009

From:       Anna Kamaralli <
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Date:       Sunday, 12 Apr 2009 07:17:16 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 20.0158 New Portrait of Shakespeare
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0158 New Portrait of Shakespeare

The Rosenbaum article is indeed excellent, particularly in his musing on 
ambiguity, which I don't find discussed enough:

"An artist who, in every pun and double-entendre expressed a delight in 
the way ambiguity (not fuzziness but an array of carefully counter-posed 
alternative possibilities) deepens and enriches our appreciation of what 
we would otherwise think of as the strict single-mindedness of reality."

Those who enjoyed his analysis should also be sure to read Simon 
Palfrey's Doing Shakespeare, which includes a chapter called "Do They Do 
It?: Sex and the Heroines", in which he makes a persuasive argument that 
Shakespeare deliberately leads us to wonder about whether sex is 
happening, and frustrates our hope of knowing for sure either way.

Rosenbaum's theory regarding Partridge was also charming.

Regards,
Anna Kamaralli

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