Thomas of Woodstock

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0268  Thursday, 6 October 2011

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

Date:         October 6, 2011 1:57:14 AM EDT

Subject:      Re: SHAKSPER: Query; Queen; H5; Ant Passage; Woodstock

 

Gabriel Egan says:

 

"According to the (admittedly incomplete) Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLA-IB) Michael Egan has published no articles on the subject of Thomas of Woodstock, and indeed no articles at all (according to MLA-IB, you understand) since 1984."

 

In fairness to Michael Egan, I should point out that he has published several articles, including some on Woodstock, in The Oxfordian, the organ of the Oxford-Shakespeare Society. The Woodstock articles are cited and discussed in my opinion.  Egan is the editor-in-chief of The Oxfordian, which perhaps is not in the MLA-IB database.

 

Henry V Finding

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0267  Thursday, 6 October 2011

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

Date:         October 5, 2011 11:11:18 PM EDT

Subject:      Re: SHAKSPER: Query; Queen; H5; Ant Passage; Woodstock

 

Mark Alcamo <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> writes,

 

>Here is the same dialogue from the First Folio [Scene 4.1] :

>

>Bates: He hath not told his thought to the King? 

>

>King: No: nor it is not meet he should: for though I 

>speake it to you, I thinke the King is but a man, as I am: 

>the Violet smells to him, as it doth to me; the Element 

>shewes to him, as it doth to me; all his Sences haue but 

>humane Conditions: his Ceremonies layd by, in his

>Nakednesse he appeares but a man; and though his 

>affections are higher mounted then ours, yet when they 

>stoupe, they stoupe with the like wing: therefore, when he 

>sees reason of feares, as we doe; his feares, out of doubt, be 

>of the same rellish as ours are: yet in reason, no man should 

>possesse him with any appearance of feare; least hee, by 

>shewing it, should dishearten his Army. 

>

>Bates: He may shew what outward courage he will: [etcetera]

>

>Focusing on the King's Speech, everything looks copacetic.  The King 

>is given a 'sympathetic' speech: he looks witty and sounds humble: 

>

>… for though I 

>speake it to you, I thinke the King is but a man ...

>

>But allow me just the slightest employ of wordplay, in Bold :

>

>… for though I 

>speake it to you, I thinke the King is butt a man, ass I am: 

>the Violent smells to him, as it doth to me; the Element 

>shewes to him, as it doth to me; all his Sences haue butt 

>humane Conditions: his Ceremonies layd by, /in his Nakednesse/

>he appeares butt a man; and though /his affections/

>are higher mounted then ours, yet when /they stoupe,/ 

>/they stoupe with the like wing:/ therefore, when he sees 

>reason of feares, as we doe; his feares, out of doubt, be of 

>/the same rellish/ as ours are:  [etcetera]  [my /italics/ for emphasis]

>

>Evidently, some cliche bodily responses to fear have stood the test of time.

> (Etymological-wordplay-wise, you can't quite play stoup and poop

>together, but image-wise, it clearly fits.)

>

>IF this were the Blazing Saddles campfire scene, it'd be in character, yet 

>while Classic bawdy Shakespeare, it is transparently and unobtrusively 

>tucked into the speech with just the slightest of wordplays.  And rather 

>than show the King in a sympathetic light, the speech now begs us to feel

>sympathy for him, given he's clearly unconscious of the abuse he's been 

>subjected to at the hand of his Playwright.  And once more, I honestly 

>don't think the Elizabethan upper crust would guffaw much at this image 

>of the highly esteemed Henry V airing his underwear for Public display.

 

Extremely improbable, both because "poop" in the sense you want is not attested in the OED until 1889, and because, given the already established context of falconry ("higher mounted"), "stoop" is so ordinary a word as to make so obscure and forced a pun unworkable.

 

John W Kennedy

Queen Undaunted

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0266  Thursday, 6 October 2011

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

Date:         October 5, 2011 5:19:37 PM EDT

Subject:      Re: SHAKSPER: Query; Queen; H5; Ant Passage; Woodstock

 

Bardolph also appears in four plays.  He even has a death in the fourth one.

 

Inquiry about Indian Films of/on Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0265  Thursday, 6 October 2011

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

Date:         October 5, 2011 5:56:06 PM EDT

Subject:      Re: Inquiry about Indian Films of/on Shakespeare

 

Ken Adelman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> writes,

 

>An inquiry most "passing strange"  -- Does anyone know of an 

>Indian film on, or about, Shakespeare that has a jazzy trailer 

>or two-plus minute film segment?  

>

>We're looking for an eye-popping -- at least, dramatic -- way to 

>open a talk on Shakespeare before a large audience in India. 

 

Feel free to use the videos on Global Shakespeares: 

 

http://globalshakespeares.org/

 

it is an open-access online video archive I co-founded with Peter Donaldson. Search for "India." We've got quite a collection for you to use. 

 

Good luck!

 

Best,

Alex Huang

 

[Editor’s Note: In addition, you may wish to consider the following:

  1. 1. Shakespeare Wallah: http://shaksper.net/archive/2004/214-april/20788-shakespeare-wallah-on-region-1-dvd?qh=YToxOntpOjA7czo5OiJib2xseXdvb2QiO30%3D
  2. 2. Maqbool and Omkara: http://shaksper.net/current-postings/304-august/28057-bollywood-shakespeares?qh=YToxOntpOjA7czo5OiJib2xseXdvb2QiO30%3D

-Hardy]

 

6th Blackfriars Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0264  Thursday, 6 October 2011

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

Date:         October 5, 2011 2:08:55 PM EDT

Subject:      6th Blackfriars Conference

 

For five days this October, the Blackfriars Playhouse becomes the center of early modern scholarship and performance.

 

Join more than 200 international scholars, practitioners, and fans of Shakespeare and his contemporaries October 25th-30th as we share ideas, enjoy 5 mainstage and 4 after hours performances, and enjoy autumn in Staunton.

 

Registration includes

  • four keynote sessions (Tiffany Stern, Scott Kaiser, George T. Wright, and Stephen Booth) 
  • eleven paper sessions (all of which feature actors to demonstrate points of scholarship related to Early Modern Plays in Performance)
  • break out and staging sessions (on themes ranging form Theatre History to Performance Choices to Pedagogy)
  • early arrivers' dinner party
  • final banquet
  • Sunday brunch

Visit http://americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1000 for more information, and to submit your registration.

 

Sarah Enloe

American Shakespeare Center

Director of Education

 

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