The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0409  Friday, 23 August 2013


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

Date:         August 23, 2013 4:41:17 AM EDT

Subject:     Re: Shakespeare and Natural History


“A change in discourse is seen in the classification of strange beings around the time of Shakespeare’s birth, . . . ”


This sounds like an interesting topic, but I am not clear as to its scope. Does “strange beings” include aboriginal Americans like Pocahontas and others who were brought to England as curiosities (and, in the case of the former, as a wife)?


(I say “aboriginal Americans” because I agree that “American Indian” is wrong and I cannot bring myself to say “Native American,” as that includes me and nearly 300 million others. “Indigenous American” is possible but sounds anachronistic after 500 years; so I opt for “aboriginal.” If it is correct in Australia, why not America?) 


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