2010

New Book from Mellon Press

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0287  Thursday, 15 July 2010

From:         Robert Projansky <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         July 12, 2010 7:15:31 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0272  New Book from Mellon Press
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0272  New Book from Mellon Press

>Re: Shakespeare--Etait-il Juif?: Une Nouvelle Approche de sa Vie 
>et de son Oeuvre

Not so nouvelle an approche to us at SHAKSPER, hein? But no, I don't know the 
book, and of course it's absurd.

But then, who would have imagined Cary Grant, Maggie Gylenhaal and -- OMG!! 
Christopher Hitchens!! -- to be Jewish? On the other hand, the late Roy 
Scheider, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and TV comic and Brooklyn-bred yakfester Joy 
Behar (although Behar is the name of a torah portion read in May) -- not at all.

As a friend of my brother's used to say, You know, you never know . . .

Best to all,
Bob Projansky


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SBReviews on the Internet

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0286  Thursday, 15 July 2010

From:         Paul Barry <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         July 13, 2010 12:41:29 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0277  SBReviews on the Internet
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0277  SBReviews on the Internet

Have we never come to an agreement over the infinite number of 
interpretations of the Shakespeare plays? Surely, there is more than one 
approach, but infinite? All theories and all concept productions must be 
tested against not only the entirety of a text, but other Elizabethan / 
Jacobean works as well, then, finally, against the sensibilities of the age. 
Many tests to winnow those infinite interpretations down to a workable few. 
Then, the work can start.

PAUL BARRY


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Microhistory

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0284  Thursday, 15 July 2010

From:         Harry Rusche <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         July 12, 2010 7:08:56 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0278  Microhistory
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0278  Microhistory

>At the risk of exhuming old topics, may I draw attention to an 
>article entitled 'Shakespeare Studies, Presentism, and 
>Micro-History' in Cahiers Elisabethains, 76 (Autumn 2009), 35-43. 
>It offers a critique of 'presentism' and recommends 'Microhistory' 
>as the bastard offspring of new historicism. And it also gives a 
>few details regarding a Thomas Kyd, hiding under Mrs. 
>Gildserson's bed, in 1578.
>
>Duncan Salkeld

I have nothing to say about "micro-history" (whatever that is), but Terence 
Hawkes and Hugh Grady converted me to presentism and I hope the article has 
something positive to say about it. My students respond positively (in fact, 
enthusiastically) to presentism and it gave my courses a truly inspiring new 
direction.


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Two Gents at Stratford Festival

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0285  Thursday, 15 July 2010

From:         Harry Rusche <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         July 12, 2010 7:09:26 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0279  Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0279  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

>Has anyone seen Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Stratford 
>Festival in Ontario?
>
>Do they use a live dog for Crab?
>
>Best,
>John Cox


My colleague Sheila Cavanagh is going to Stratford to see Winter's Tale. Think 
they use a live bear?


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Hermione?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0283  Thursday, 15 July 2010

From:         Paul Swanson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         July 12, 2010 10:52:52 PM EDT
Subject:      Hermione?

Friends:

I am wondering about the conclusion of "The Winter's Tale" and how we are to 
interpret Hermione's lone remarks in the closing scene. During her one short 
speech in 5.3, she asks the gods for a blessing on her daughter and asks Perdita 
how she has come to be found. She does not address or reference Leontes at all, 
giving no hint as to whether she feels as joyful about reuniting with her 
husband as she does her daughter.

This silence in victimized women is something Shakespeare has used before. 
Perhaps most famously, Isabella says nothing after the Duke's proposal in 
"Measure," and we never definitively hear whether "Much Ado's" Hero has entirely 
forgiven Claudio, who slanders her into a seclusion and a faked death before 
heading off to marry her at the play's close.

Thus, I am wondering if the play really ends with the reconciliation we commonly 
think it does. I am seeing the Stratford Festival's production in about two 
weeks and am eager to see if they do anything with the reconciliation scene. Has 
anyone ever seen a production where Herimone is shown to harbor anger against 
Leontes as the play ends? I've seen about six productions of the play, and in 
each one, Hermione's feelings were left undisclosed.

Any thoughts?

All the best,
Paul Swanson
Mount Vernon, Indiana


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