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SBReviews on the Internet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0327  Wednesday, 28 July 2010

[1]  From:      John W Kennedy <
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     Date:      July 26, 2010 2:33:23 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0315  SBReviews on the Internet 

[2]  From:      Paul Barry <
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     Date:      July 26, 2010 10:57:56 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0315  SBReviews on the Internet
 

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From:         John W Kennedy <
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Date:         July 26, 2010 2:33:23 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0315  SBReviews on the Internet
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0315  SBReviews on the Internet

Mari Bonomi <
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>Paul Barry wrote:
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>We don't need to search for ways of doing them differently. 
>We only need to try to do them in keeping with the 
>Playwright's intent.

Ah but now you are opening an entirely different can of wriggly grey things!

Your statement presumes that somewhere we have *the* Playwright's intent. But 
that we do not have.

Actually, no, it presumes no such thing -- only that Shakespeare, being a sane 
adult, was capable of forming an intent, and that his intent is in some measure 
discoverable and approachable. God knows we can't always do more than approach. 
Textual problems and topical allusions that have passed over the historical 
horizon are obvious barriers. So, one can imagine, are conflicts within 
Shakespeare's own mind, or between Shakespeare and his society, such as issues 
touching the Reformation in "Hamlet", "King John", "Twelfth Night", and "Henry 
VIII". But that does not mean that other matters are not clear, at least to 
anyone reasonably familiar with English society ca. 1600.

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From:         Paul Barry <
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Date:         July 26, 2010 10:57:56 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0315  SBReviews on the Internet
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0315  SBReviews on the Internet

It's there if you're willing to take the time and make the effort to piece it 
out.

PAUL BARRY


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