2013

Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0313  Wednesday, 26 June 2013

 

From:        JD Markel <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 25, 2013 5:15:35 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Whedon’s Ado Review 

 

I recommend the film too; I saw it in Santa Monica last Friday. But I am curious about Ellen’s last photo of a lake with palm trees. I don’t remember that in the film. Usually (always?) the view of the backyard “grounds” are a different view; the Santa Monica Mountain range in the far background, expansive grassy tracts mid-range, and Whedon’s backyard-on-a-slope closer in. I can assure the director does not actually own the grassy “grounds” seen, although the film smartly and effectively makes such seem part and parcel of Leonato’s estate.  

 

Interruption and Plays and Festivals

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0312  Wednesday, 26 June 2013

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Subject:     Interruption and Plays and Festivals

 

Dear Subscribers,

 

This will be the last newsletter until July 8th. I will be away without access to the Internet. 

 

Please keep any postings coming, and I will distribute them when I return.

 

I am especially interested is receiving reviews of plays on the Shakespeare Plays and Festivals: http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-festivals-and-plays.

 

Hardy M. Cook

Editor

 

Desdemona Unpinning

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0310  Monday, 24 June 2013

 

[1] From:        Alfredo Michel Modenessi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         June 21, 2013 12:49:35 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Desdemona Unpinning 

 

[2] From:        Annie Martirosyan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         Friday, June 21, 2013 3:38 PM

     Subject:     Desdemona 

 

 

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From:        Alfredo Michel Modenessi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 21, 2013 12:49:35 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Desdemona Unpinning 

 

Donne knew what to ‘unpin’, at least in the case of “His Mistris Going to Bed”: 

 

“Unpin that spangled breastplate which you wear

That th’eyes of busie fooles may be stopt there.” (7-8)

 

Would a ‘breastplate’ be a suitable candidate?

 

Cheers!

 

Alfredo.

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From:        Annie Martirosyan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Friday, June 21, 2013 3:38 PM

Subject:     Desdemona

 

An interesting local development regarding Desdemona. Nothing to do with “unpinning” but the posts on the latter brought to mind this strange connotative extension:

 

In Armenia, if you happen to see a woman with a lot of tangled curly hair, you can call her “a Desdemona”! I cannot recall Desdemona being described as with a lot of tangled hair (I should add, also untidy, given that the expression has a pejorative connotation, but it is not especially offensive). Also, if a woman’s name is Desdemona she may be an object of childish derision because of the strange associations and the rareness of the name in Armenia. Desdemona’s depiction is one of the most beautiful female portrayals in Shakespeare, so I construe this weird pejorative local connotation is an influence from the Soviet film of Othello (I do vaguely remember something). As Othello prepares to kill her, the actress playing Desdemona appears with her mass of curly, tangled hair about her shoulders (also because it was bed-time). 

 

You can imagine a mother calling her daughter “a Desdemona” as she sits down for breakfast with her messed up curls, right from the bed. It seems I remember some Desdemonian vestiges from my childhood too!

 

Gramercy!

 

With all good wishes,

Annie

 

Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0311  Tuesday, 25 June 2013

 

From:        Ellen Moody <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 24, 2013 11:54:01 PM EDT

Subject:     Whedon’s MAAN

 

A blog-review recommending it:

 

http://ellenandjim.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/whendons-much-ado-about-nothing/

 

All the disparate groups of characters are filmed using the same mood of intense eroticism and sinister insinuation. The choice of black-and-white works, the use of Whedon’s house and grounds.

 

Ellen Moody

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Reviews

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0309  Monday, 24 June 2013

 

From:        Annie Martirosyan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Friday, June 21, 2013 3:38 PM

Subject:     Reviews

 

Below are links to my recent reviews on HuffPost UK Blog of some fabulous recently published books that I thought might be of interest to SHAKSPER.

 

Ewan Fernie’s terrific The Demonic: Literature and Experience

 

Sex Before Sex published by the University of Minnesota Press

 

Laurie Maguire & Emma Smith’s 30 Great Myths About Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare’s Sonnets DVD by Illuminations

 

Neil MacGregor’s Shakespeare’s Restless World, the AudioBook

 

With all good wishes,

Annie

 

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