The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0638 Friday, 10 July 1998.
Date: Thursday, 09 Jul 1998 09:36:37 -0700
Subject: 9.0628 Re: Shrew Matrimony Question
Comment: Re: SHK 9.0628 Re: Shrew Matrimony Question
Thanks for an interesting post, Sean, particularly for the final
thought, that Shrew is "carnivalesque", and that it turns what ought to
be the truth about marriage on its head. I believe most of Shakespeare's
comedies were written originally for Christmas holiday entertainments at
Court. There are a number of reasons for this, but one is the continual
appearance of Revels themes, mumming and disguising, gender reversal,
music, feasting, numerous satires of known individuals, a series of
mistakes and misunderstandings that get ironed out at the end, a general
theme of "all's well that ends well," and the turning upside down of
some individual or accepted rule. I had never thought of Shrew in
exactly this light until your post.