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The Ending of the Winter's Tale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0473  Tuesday, 1 September 2009

[1] From:   Larry Weiss <
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     Date:   Monday, 31 Aug 2009 17:44:20 -0400
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale

[2] From:   Larry Weiss <
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     Date:   Monday, 31 Aug 2009 17:50:23 -0400
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale

[3] From:   William Babula <
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     Date:   Monday, 31 Aug 2009 15:51:06 -0700
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Date:       Monday, 31 Aug 2009 17:44:20 -0400
Subject: 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale

"within a few minutes, Perdita returns -- but Antigonus doesn't."

Unless, of course, the actor who played Antigonus doubled as Camillo, 
which I think is highly probable. Then, in a metatheatrical sense, 
Paulina does get her husband back.

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Date:       Monday, 31 Aug 2009 17:50:23 -0400
Subject: 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale

Alan Dessen asks:

 >One question has not emerged in this discussion: to whom does
 >Paulina address "It is requir'd / You do awake your faith"?  To
 >Leontes alone? To all onstage? To the playgoer (or reader or
 >critic of the last twenty years)?

Perhaps Alan is thinking about the brilliant production by the RSC a 
couple of years ago, which he and I both saw when the company was in 
residence at Davidson College. Paulina addressed the comment to the 
audience, a large portion of which was on stage (it was a "promenade" 
performance). It worked beautifully; a true Tinkerbelle moment.

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From:       William Babula <
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Date:       Monday, 31 Aug 2009 15:51:06 -0700
Subject: 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0469 The Ending of the Winter's Tale

In my article, "'Nature's Bastards' and Painted Maids: Artifice in 
Shakespeare's Romances" Journal of the Wooden O Symposium. Vol. 2., 
2002, 1-8, I discuss Perdita's debate with Polixenes concerning the role 
of art and nature in reference to gillyflowers or multicolored 
carnations, believed to be the result of artificial cross-breeding with 
other flowers. I argue that Shakespeare in the Romances has essentially 
taken the potential tragic plots and married them (cross-breeding) 
through art to an alternative yet consciously artificial vision of 
providential order and mercy to create the noble cultivated flower: the 
Romance genre which accommodates a "Wishes fall out as they are willed" 
(Pericles) ending like that of _The Winter's Tale_.

William Babula


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