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1 Tragic men comic women: Shakespeare between genre and gender. Il corso si propone di inquadrare la produzione drammaturgica shakespeariana nella prospettiva del genere tragico e di quello comico e in relazione alle specifiche politiche di genere sessuale. Con particolare riferimento alle logiche patriarcali attivate e decostruite nei testi verranno analizzate due commedie e due delle grandi tragedie.
2 BIBLIOGRAFIA: testi primari The Taming of the Shrew (Mondadori)The Merchant of Venice (Feltrinelli)Hamlet (Marsilio)
3 Bibliografia criticaStanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin (eds.), Shakespeare. An Oxford Guide, Oxford, Oxford U. P., 2003 (Part I, Shakespeare’s life and times, cap. 1, 2, 3; Part II Shakespearian genres, cap. 15, 16 (pp ), 18 (pp ); Part III Shakespeare criticism, cap. 29 (pp ), 30, 36R. Ciocca, “La bisbetica in terapia” in Memoria di Shakespeare (a cura di A. Lombardo), 3/2002Lidia Curti, “Tracce, intervalli, indugi” in Ombre di un’ombra. Amleto e i suoi fantasmi (a cura di L. Curti), Napoli, IUO, 1994E. Showalter, “Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism”, 1985, (materiali didattici)S. Freud, Il Perturbante (any edition)Mourning and Melancholia (materiali didattici)Una storia della Letteratura inglese (XVI-XVII secolo)Una storia dell’Inghilterra (XVI-XVII secolo)
4 Bibliografia integrativa(12 cfu) W. Shakespeare, OthelloStanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin (eds.), Shakespeare. An Oxford Guide, Oxford, Oxford U. P., 2003 (tutto)Laura Di Michele (a cura di), Aspetti di Othello, Napoli, Liguori, 1996
5 Bibliografia consigliata, obbligatoria per i non frequentanti Un manuale di Storia dell’Inghilterra (secoli XVI e XVII)Un manuale di storia della letteratura inglese (secoli XVI e XVII)
6 FILMOGRAFIA La bisbetica domata, Franco Zeffirelli, 1967 Il Mercante di Venezia, Michael Radford, 2004Amleto, Franco Zeffirelli, 1990Otello, Oliver Parker, 1995 (12 cfu)
10 Anglican reformation RELIGION Anticlericalism Factors Rivalry between powersChristian HumanismThomas More ( )John Colet ( )Erasmo ( )
11 collateral factors The English Bible (1526) William Tyndale ( )contingent factors Divorce from Catherine of Aragondeterminant factors Publication of Luther’s 95 theses (1517)ACT OF SUPREMACY (1534)Spoliation of monasteries The Tudors, 3rd series, 1 disc, 1 episode(Pilgrimage of grace) 1539
12 ANGLICAN CHURCH HENRY VIII doctrinal conservatism EDWARD VI fervent protestant, Mary and Elizabeth out of succession
13 MARY (bloody) catholic reversal, Spanish Marriage (Philip II)ELIZABETH I ‘a middle way’Uniformity Act(public observance, private freedom)
14 Society and Economy Landed gentry: increase in number, power and wealth (from dissolution of monasteries and patronage from the crown)The Queen’s Justices of the Peace were the local most influential exponents of the gentry.
15 London was absorbing more and more of the home and foreign commerce, a portent in size for England and even for Europe, at the death of Mary : inhabitants, at the death of ElizabethThe power and privilege of the Mayor and citizens with their militia formed a state within the state, a society bourgeois and protestant.
16 The greatest social change was the expansion of overseas enterprise The greatest social change was the expansion of overseas enterprise. Merchants sought out distant markets compelled by the loss of Calais under Mary and the rivalry with Spain in the Low Countries. These changes caused distress and unemployment in cloth manufacture but in the long run new markets were found: Russia, Prussia, The Baltic, Turkey, Persia, India (Cape of Good Hope).
17 1600 East India CompanySeafaring and discoveries laid the path to colonialism (even though Newfoundland and Virginia were only temporary). Colonization became a means for personal betterment and national strength.
18 PoliticsDespite several crises, a relative peace was kept (victims of violence – Savages, Irish, Catholics and dissenters, political enemies- were not so numerous as in other periods or other countries).
19 WalesBosworth field placed a Welsh dynasty on the throne of England. No religious difference arose to divide the people. There was no movement to colonize the country by robbing the natives of their land.Ireland: Tudor policy was disastrous. The dominus became rex to strengthen English control. Catholicism made Ireland suspect and dangerous.
20 Scotland: The two countries had a common interest in defending the Reformation from internal and external enemies. With the death of Elizabeth the two crowns were reunited on the head of James Stuart. Before there had been the crisis with France and Mary Stuart.
21 France and Scotland had had a common policy against England: James V had married the French Catholic Marie de Guise, their daughter Mary Stuart (niece of Margaret sister of Henry VIII) married the heir to the French throne: Francis II. When he died the French and the Scottish together with the English Catholics plotted to put Mary on the throne of England.
22 Spain: After the execution of Mary Stuart, Philip II of Spain sent the Armada. In 1588 England defeated Spain.Failure of Leicester in the Low CountriesFailure of Essex in IrelandEssex rebellion
23 Culture Printing and Translating diffused knowledge (censure) In the days of Erasmus, Renaissance had been confined to scholars and the king’s court. In the Elizabethan Age classicism filtered through into the theatre and the street. English language touched its moment of fullest beauty and power.Minds, set free from medieval bonds were not yet caught by Puritan fanaticism. The merry old England of folklore and popular tradition was still there.London and the court were centres of cultural import from abroad and local production and diffusion in the reign.
24 The Golden Age Poetry (Sidney, Spenser, Daniel, Drayton); Prose (Lyly, Greene, Ralegh, Hakluyt);Drama (Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare)
26 The Elizabethan world picture THE CORRESPONDING PLANESGODDIVINE or ANGELICSUNUNIVERSE or MACROCOSMCOMMONWEALTH or BODY POLITICMAN or MICROCOSMLOWER CREATIONKINGHEADLION
27 THE COSMIC DANCETHE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES“La visione del mondo medievale con i suoi cerchi concentrici che, dai cori angelici e dalle sfere planetarie, discendevano fino al mondo sublunare armoniosamente digradando in un vortice sempre più denso e materiale, forniva all’artista un modello coerente e ordinato circonfuso dal suono misterioso della musica delle sfere e variegato di colori … e di luminosità …” (F. Ferrara, Shakespeare e le voci della storia)
28 USO RETORICO: “His blood, which disperseth itself by the branches of veins through all the body may be resembled to those waters which are carried by brooks & rivers over all the earth, his breath to the air … the hairs of man’s body … to the grass which covereth the upper face and skin of the earth.”Walter Raleigh, History of the World
29 USO POLITICO: “In the earth God hath assigned kings princes with other governors under them, all in good and necessary order. The water above is kept and raineth down in due time and season. The sun moon stars rainbow thunder lightning clouds and all birds of the air do keep their order.”(Homily of Obedience)
30 ELEMENT HUMOUR QUALITY PLANET EARTH MELANCHOLY COLD/DRY SATURNWATER PHLEGM COLD/MOIST MOONAIR BLOOD HOT/MOIST JOVEFIRE CHOLER HOT/DRY MARS
31 FOOD IS MADE OF THE 4 ELEMENTS. LIVER (KING OF LOWEST PART OF BODY: VEGETATIVE ) CONVERTS IT INTO 4 HUMOURS.THEY ARE CARRIED TO THE HEART (KING OF MIDDLE PORTION OF BODY: SENSITIVE).THE HEART REFINES THE HUMOURS AND SENDS THEM TO BRAIN (KING OF TOP OF HUMAN BODY: RATIONAL)
32 HISTORYFOR THE ELIZABETHANS THE MOVING FORCES OF HISTORY WERE: PROVIDENCE, FORTUNE AND HUMAN TEMPERAMENTThe wheel of fortune
33 Elizabethan Age: pros and cons (I phase):Political stabilityReligious pacificationdoctrinal moderatismroyal navyoverseas trade/ discoveriesamelioration in inhabiting conditionssupport to arts (music, painting, poetry, theatre, prose) and civilian architecture(II phase):Social immobilism (no social reforms)Degeneration of administrative and fiscal apparatusesPurchasing of public officesCorruptionImpoverishment of the CrownDefensive foreign politicsAfter Mary Stuart’s affair: persecution of Catholics; hardship against PuritansImpoverishment of military forcesFamines in the 90’sLack of direct heirs
40 The Main Public Theatres The TheatreThe CurtainThe RoseThe Swan 1595 (De Witt)I Globe (fire)II Globe (demolished)I Fortune (fire)II Fortune (plague)1649 (partly demol.)The Hope (demolished)
41 Basic elements:circular auditorium with galleriesSquare projecting platformTwo upstage doorA balconyStage-posts with curtainsA stage-trapTiring-house
42 Conventions: Flexibility Multiple repertoireSymbolismEmblemsCostumesBoy-actors for female rolesAnachronismNo space/time/genre unitiesMusic (before, after, during theperformance, at intervals)
43 UNCERTAINTY: endemic plague since 1348 CHARACTERISTICS OF ELIZAB. PUBLIC THEATREUNCERTAINTY: endemic plague since 1348Theatres closed in 1580, 86, 87, 94,1604, 1605Theatres closed during hot season (summer tours in the country cfr. Hamlet)Dramatic season in London: Sept. to Christmas (twelve days festivities, chosen plays at court)Jen. to Feb. (Lenten interruption)
44 THEATRE TRANGRESSIVE CHARACTER Contiguity with vagrancy, festive and riotous revelry, laziness, class proximity, sexual ambiguity, profane, irreverent, blasphemous character, susceptible of producing street disorders and tumults.Sometimes connected to political threat (1601 Essex and Richard II)1597 The Isle of Dogs by Ben Jonson & Thomas Nashe (lost) performed at the Swan Theatre by the Earl of Pembroke’s Men caused a riot.
45 Ordinance of the Privy Council: The Master of the revels selected the plays to be performed at court but also exercised control and censorship upon the textsOrdinance of the Privy Council:“ Her MAJESTIE being informed that there are verie greate disorders committed in the common playhouses both by lewd matters that are handled on the stages and by resorte and confluence of bad pople, hath given direction that not onlie no plaies shal be used within London or about the citty or in any publique place during this tyme of sommer, but that also those playhouses that are erected or built only for such purposes shall be plucked down.”
46 PATRONAGE1572 Act for punishment of vagabonds:“Illegal for strolling players to perform without authorization” Companies tookthe livery of the Patron(Leicester’s Men; Sussex Men;Queen’s Men; Lord Strange Men;The Admiral’s Men;Lord Chamberlain’s Men later to become The King’s Men etc.)
47 Letter by Lord Chamberlain to Lord Mayor of London to ask leave for his Men to play at The Cross and Keys Tavern:“…the which I praie you the rather to doe for that they have undertaken to me that where heretofore they began not their plaies till towards fower a clock, they will now begin at two and have done betweene fower and five, and will nott use anie drums or trumpettes att all the calling of peopell together; and shall be contributories to the poor of the parishe.”
48 1642 beginning of the civil war I closure ordinance1647 II ordinance1649 players arrested at the Red Bulldefinite closure of theatre till1660 (Restoration Charles II)
49 ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE All that is known with any degree of certainty concerning Shakespeare, is that he was born at Stratford upon Avon, married and had children there, went to London, where he commenced actor, and wrote poems and plays, returned to Stratford, made his will, died and was buried.(George Steevens, XVIII century)
50 Elements of BiographyHe had … fallen into ill company; … some that made a frequent practice of deer-stealing engaged him with them … in robbing a park that belonged to sir Thomas Lucy of Cherlecot, near Stratford. For this he was prosecuted by that gentleman … and in order to revenge that ill usage, he made a ballad upon him. This is said to have been so very bitter that it redoubled the prosecution against him to that degree that he was obliged to leave his business and family for some time, and shelter himself in London.(Rowe, 1709)
51 Traces of his dramatic activity “Those puppets… that spake from our mouth those antics garnished in our colours” “An upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his tiger’s heart wrapped in a player’s hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his own conceit the only shake-scene in a country.” (Robert Greene, A Groatsworth of Wit)“O tiger’s heart wrapp’d in a woman’s hide!(3 Henry VI)
52 SOURCES FOR ENGLISH DRAMATIC CRITICISM: ARISTOTLE, PoeticsDecorum: no mixture of tragic (lofty) with comic (low) materialsrespect of the space/time/genre unities
53 SHAKESPEARE:Tragic plots and comic subplots(R. & J.)High-life and low-life characters (Dream)Verses and prose (most plays)Lyricism, conceits and obscenity (Dream, Troilus)No time/space/genre unities (A. & C.)
54 Shakespeare’s plays tend to live along the edge of genre’s boundaries, comedy liable to be clouded by tragic potential, history wavering between tragedy and comedy, tragedy slipping into comic routines.In the Shakespearean plays a common phenomenon is the domestication and intermingling of multiple sources.
55 SHAKESPEAREAN CRITICISM From: primus inter paresTo: facile princepsCOEVAL still uncanonisedNEO-CLASSICAL unrefined geniusROMANTIC the poetCONTEMPORARY dramatist of modernity
56 Coeval criticismP. SIDNEY, Defense of Poesie (printed 1595, written about 1580)Contempt for: “Contemporary dramatic attitude to intermingle kings & clowns, serious and comic subjects, elevated style and gross punning” Dedicatory poem by Ben Jonson in the Preface to First Folio, 1623“To the memory of my beloved, the author mr. William Shakespeare: and what he hath left us”; ‘He was not of an age, but for all time!’“His mind and hand went together, and what he thought, he uttered with that easiness that we have scarse received from him a blot in his papers.”
57 Neoclassical criticism: Nature Vs Art T. RYMER, A Short View of Tragedy (1692)Judgement rather than fancy, Structure rather than variety, Decorum and respect for typologies (Iago doesn’t conform to military standards established by Horatio)John Dryden, Essay of Dramatic Poesy, 1668: “he was naturally learn’d; he needed not the spectacle of books to read Nature; he looked inwards, and found her there.”Rewriting on the basis of respect of the three unities: cfr. All for Love 1678
58 Romantic criticismG. E. Lessing appreciated his naturalism against French rigidityGoethe used Hamlet as subtext in his Wilhelm MeisterSchlegel translated him in German and created a theory of an ‘organic form’ reconciling art and natureThis theory was appropriated by Coleridge who strengthened the myth of the great soul poet: ‘ever-living’ and ‘myriad-minded’
59 CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM professional criticismBRADLEY character criticismSTRUCTURALISM regularitiesPOSTSTRUCTURALISM perspective and deconstruction(psychoanalysis, new historicism, cultural materialism, gender (feminist, queer), postcolonial)
60 Comedy: characteristics Comedy = Social /collective/generational genrePossible Greek etymology: KomoidìaKòme villageKòmos ritual procession (Dionysian)Kòme+odè Song of the Village (ritual + social character)
61 Classical Comic Models OLD COMEDY GREEK (ARISTOPHANES) RITUAL (Fertility, Natural rythms in vegetation and in the Human)NEW COMEDY LATIN (PLAUTUS) SATIRICAL, Social rigidities
62 Shakespearean comedy: Models and sources: Archaic heathen seasonal and fertility rites,Greek comedy and novel (Apuleio, The Golden Ass),Ovidio (Metamorphoses),Arcadic traditions (Sannazzaro, Arcadia),Arthurian legends in medieval literature,Folklore, folktales and popular beliefs (May rites, Morris Dances etc.),Latin Satire against social faults and vices,Medieval stories and narrations (Italian novellas),Popular drama (Moralities),Petrarchism, Renaissance court culture and fashion, Euphuism, romances by University Wits (Greene, Lyly, Nashe, Lodge, Peele)
63 Shakespearean comedy as rite of passage: a sort of coming of age (old comedy) Structure (example of Structuralist criticism) Beginning: Crisis, antagonism with parents, old people Vs young people, love Vs law Development of dramatic action: escape, adventure in the green world (no social conventions) Chaos Epilogue: resolution, reconciliation, return to society, marriage, happy ending, renewal of society, Cosmos
64 Shakespearean comedy as social satire (new comedy) Social and personal defects highlighted by means of:Caricature and farcical elementsIn comedy personal faults and flaws cause laugh: in the end they are castigated and forgiven or redeemed (Katherine)[in tragedy they are the causes of tragedy itself (Othello: jealousy, Iago: envy, Macbeth: ambition)]
65 Language of Shakespeare’s comedy comic, bawdy, parodic, witty, euphuistic, full of conceits, conventional, bombastic, proverbial,full of puns, quibbles, double éntendre, romantic, liric, poetical, musical, interspersed with sonnets, love songs, ballads
66 Elements of shakespearean comedy CROSSDRESSING:“The most useful dramatic device for mediating the initiatives of the female, however, is the male disguise. Male garments immensely broaden the sphere in which female energy can manifest itself. Dressed as a man, a nubile woman can go places and do things she couldn’t do otherwise, thus getting the play out of the court and the closet and into interesting places like forests…” (or law courts)( Clara Claiborne Park, “How we like it”)
67 Shakespeare’s COMEDIES EXPERIMENTALROMANTICThe Comedy of ErrorsThe Taming of the ShrewThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe Merry Wives of WindsorMuch Ado About NothingLove's Labour's LostA Midsummer Night's DreamAs You Like ItThe Merchant of Venice
68 Shakespearean COMEDIES PROBLEMATICROMANCESTwelfth NightAll's Well That Ends WellMeasure for MeasureThe Winter's TalePericles, Prince of TyreThe TempestThe Two Noble Kinsmen (with Fletcher)
69 TRAGEDY: general models Classical: Greek, LatinMedievalModernPossible etimology: from Greek TragodìaTràgos: goatAido: to singDionysian ritual: sacrifice of goat/scapegoat ritual
70 Greek models: stucture In Aristotle’s PoeticsViolation of order(personal/psychological/historical/political)CRISIS: ChaosPeak of chaos in violence: purge of passions and release: CATHARSIS .Return to ORDERIn its constant return to a position of equilibrium, tragedy may be said to reinforce artistically the desirability of political order.
71 Latin ModelsOvidio, Metamorphoses (narrative poem) (myths from Greek derivation about dramatic transformations, used for images, phrasing, stories)Seneca plays full of horrors designed more for static declamation than for the excitement of quick-fire action and surprise cherished by the Elizabethan audience.
72 Medieval Models‘Narrative tragedy’: Boccaccio, De casibus virorum illustrium (56 stories of fall of famous people); Chaucer,The Monk’s Tale: “hym that stood in greet prosperitee/And is fallen out of heigh degree/Into myserie ... endeth wrecchedly”) Lydgate’s The Fall of Princes; (in Renaissance by various authors: The Mirror for Magistrates); ‘Moralities’ tragicomic drama, allegorical struggle between conflicting ethical drivest, character of the Vice was usually comic
73 modern models Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, Tamburlaine, part 1 and 2,The Jew of Malta,Dr Faustus,Edward II,Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy (revenge)
74 Characteristics of shakespearean tragedy A. C. Bradley, in Shakespearean Tragedy, (1904)describes these plays as stories of exceptional suffering and calamity, leading to the death of a dominant figure of high social standing- a figure intensely committed to his chosen course of action, who is given primary responsibility for what happens in the plot, and whose responsibility for the choices made is most powerfully projected by the rhetoric of his struggle with his own nature.
75 George Steiner describes tragedy as the re-enactment of private anguish on a public stage. It offers ‘a terrible stark insight into human life’. Yet in suffering lies man’s claim to dignity.Georg Lukacs said that tragedy begins when enigmatic forces have distilled the essence from a man, and its progress consists in man’s essential, true nature becoming more and more manifest. Tragedy becomes ‘the pure experience of self’.
76 Shakespearean Tragedy Shakespearean innovation consists mainly in his capability to depict a psychological, most intimate and universal at the same time, scene in which human drives and instincts are seen in their tragic dialectics.
77 Shakespearean tragedies Titus Andronicus (1594)Romeo and Juliet (1595)Julius Caesar (1599)Hamlet (1601)Othello (1604)King Lear (1605)Macbeth (1606)Antony and Cleopatra (1607) Coriolanus (1608)
78 Tragedies: possible categorizations experimentalLove tragediesTitus AndronicusRomeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet (green love) Othello (jealousy) Antony & Cleopatra (mature passion)
79 Tragedies: possible categorizations Roman tragediesGreat/Character tragediesTitus AndronicusJulius CaesarAntony and CleapatraCoriolanusHamletOthelloKing LearMacbeth
80 Tragedies: possible categorizations Other elements are:Fate (Romeo and Juliet),Chance, Error (Othello);Riddle, Foreboding (Macbeth);Revenge (Hamlet)
81 In Shakespeare: Tragedy is a male genre in its preoccupation with the individual in conflict, whereas Comedy is a female genre with its wider social concern and its desire for harmonious integration through felicity and procreation
82 The Taming of the Shrew DATE I edition Folio 1623Actual date supposed between 1590 and 1594: experimental period, farcical Comedies.Royal Shakespeare’s Company performance at the Novello Theatre
83 The Taming of a Shrew (1594) Bad (very bad) Quarto or Source or early draft or reported text or analogous from a third UR-Text (almost identical plot but different wording and character names, much more misogynist)The Taming of the SrewThe Taming of a Srew
84 Possible SourcesAlthough there is no direct literary source for the Induction, the tale of a tinker being duped into thinking he is a lord is a universal one found in many literary traditions. For example, a similar tale is recorded in Arabian Nights where Harun al-Rashid plays the same trick on a man he finds sleeping in an alley, and in De Rebus Burgundicis by the Dutch historian Pontus de Heuiter, where the trick is performed by the Duke of Burgundy.With regard to the Petruchio/Katherina plot: the story of a headstrong woman tamed by a man was a universal and well known one, found in numerous traditions. For example, according to The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Noah’s wife was just such an individual (see: The Miller’s Tale). Traditionally another such woman is Xanthippe, Socrates' wife, who is mentioned by Petruchio himself.Such characters anyway occur throughout medieval literature, in popular farces, and in folklore.
85 In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a species of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry woman who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarreling with her neighbours. The Latin name for the offender, communis rixatrix, appears in the feminine gender and makes it clear that only women could commit this crime. The offence, which was exported to North America with the colonists, was punishable by ducking: the culprit being placed in a chair and submerged in a river or pond. Although rarely prosecuted it remained on the statute books in England and Wales until 1967.
86 structure INDUCTION (No closure: lost or meant? present in a Shrew) 2) WOOERS PLOT (by some critics wrongly believed not Shakespearean for its ‘conventional tone’)3) The TAMING PLOT of Petruchio and Katherina
87 Critical historyControversyThe history of the analysis of The Taming of the Shrew is saturated with controversy. The response to The Shrew is dominated by feelings of unease and embarrassment, accompanied by the desire to prove that Shakespeare cannot have meant what he seems to be saying. The play seems to be a harshly misogynistic celebration of patriarchy and female submission, and as such, it has generated heated debates about its true meaning.
88 Performative quality of the play About Katherina’s final speech (V, ii, )“Depending on how we take her tone, Kate is seriously tamed, is ironic at Petruchio’s expense, has learned comradeship and harmonious coexistence, or will remain a shrew till her death” (Lisa Jardine)
89 A therapy for the shrewKatherina’s illness (the family illness I, i, 48-68; II, I, 22-37)The stranger as healer (marriage and love rhetoric I, ii, 63-74; II, i, 334-8; affinity I, ii, ; II, i, 130-7; II,I, ; II, I, 260-8)Curing with paradox (“wooing with some spirit” II, i, 47-53; ; 191-4; ; )Homeopathic cure: Similia similibus curantur, (Marriage and Honeymoon III, ii; IV, i; IV, iii) “He kills her in her own humour”The turning point (rhetorical overdoing IV, v, 1-50)Healing (mimicry between disguise and parody V, ii, )
90 THE MERCHANT OF VENICE PRINTING HISTORY I Quarto 1600 II Quarto 1619 I Folio 1623 (Collected Works)DATE OF COMPOSITIONBetween 1596 and 1598 (The Merchant quoted by Francis Mere in Palladis Tamia with other 5 comedies in 1598)
91 TopicsThe ‘bond of human flesh’ theme is found in ancient religious tales from Persia and IndiaIn the west, the Roman laws gave creditors the ‘theoretical’ right to divide the body of a debtor among themselves.‘Jewishness’, textual parallels: Marlowe’s, THE JEW OF MALTA, 1589 (Barabas/Shylock, Abigail/Jessica)
92 Jews: ancient periodJerusalem: 586 B. C. was destroyed by Babylonians; exile to Babylonia, escape to EgyptReturn and RestorationGreek and Roman conquestsIn 332 B.C. Alexander the Great occupied Palestine, during the following period attempts were made to merge the local religion into the universally prevalent syncretistic pagan cult of the Hellenic worldIn 167 B.C. revolt led by Judas Maccabaeus for religious as well as national reasons, there ensued a Syrian dominion more liberal from the religious point of viewIn 65 B.C. Pompey captured Jerusalem and established the Roman Rule.Titus ordered the destruction of the Temple (70 A.D.)In 135 A.D. Hadrian destroyed the town, the soil was ploughed over, a new city was erected (Aelia Capitolina) from which the Jews (but not the Christians) were expelled
93 The Age of DiasporaJews spread over the Roman Empire. (North Africa, West and central Europe)In 212 A.D. Caracalla had admitted Jews to Roman citizenship but with the Christianization of the empire their condition changed: from an insignissima religio, certe licita, it became secta nefaria (Anyway Rome was almost the only city to preserve its Jewish community from antiquity to modern times, till racial laws)
94 Jerusalem:In 326 Constantine ordered to recover the sites of crucifixion and the burial of Jesus: two great Churches were built.During the VII century Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim powers (Mohammed set out originally to win the support of the Jews in Arabia through monotheism, dietary laws and other similarities to Jewish practices but when the Jews from Constantinople to Toledo rejected him he proceeded to drive them out of Arabia. Successively Islam proclaim them: tolerated infidels and second-class citizens.)In 1099 the crusaders entered the city under Godfrey of BouillonIn 1187 Saladin reconquered Jerusalem which except for brief periods ( ; ) remained in Muslim hands till 1917
95 Middle Ages and Renaissance With the Barbarian invasions a momentary improvement had come about in the position of the Jews derived from religious indifference. Later a reaction followed and there was a wave of forced conversion. The Arab invasion brought more liberty, in Spain there was no limitation to Jews’ religious practices nor civil activities. In feudal times however they remained out of the system of land owning, they specialized in commerce. Later on with the growth of a mercantile class the Jews became excluded particularly in North Europe. As the Catholic Church condemned usury it concentrated in the hands of those to whom the prohibition didn’t apply.In 12th century reaction against Heresies involved a renewal of restrictions and prejudices Vs the Jews: they were obliged to wear a special badge and the Ghettos were established, they were increasingly accused of ritual murder and desacration of the Host.Enforced conversions ensued. (Marranos)
96 EnglandEngland was the last country in western Europe to be settled by the Jews in the wake of the Norman conquest. This marked the culmination of the western sweep. The backward swing began soon after. With the first crusade in 1096 there took place the first of the long series of massacres and expulsions which in the end drew the Jews back to the East.England expelled Jews in 1290, France in 1306, In Germany politically divided there were partial expulsions after massacres: in Jews were held responsible for the Black Death, the Jews’ condition in Spain deteriorated during the 14th an 15th centuries till their expulsion in 1492, after the defeat of the Moors. In 16th century they were expelled from the kingdom of Naples and the duchy of Milan.Jews sought refuge in Turkish and in Polish empires
97 The age of liberalism (1791-1919) A period of emancipation coincided with the enlightenment ideals which led to French Revolution and the liberal revolutions of 19th century. The values of freedom and equality benefited also the Jewish communities except in Russia where the pogroms and the policy of the scapegoat continued till the 1917 revolution.
98 Yad Vashem Museum- Jerusalem Shoah- HolocaustHitler, Nazism and the final solution( dead)1948 Birth of Israel State
99 STAGE HISTORYI recorded performance 10 February 1605, no performance recorded until 1741The Jew of Venice, adaptation by George Granville often played inthe meantimeWhen the Shakespearean original was restored, The Merchant became Shylock’s play (ex. Edmund Kean,
100 SHYLOCK I, iii, passim; II, v, 1-39; II, viii, 13-26; III, i, 21-65; III, iii, 1-24 In Elizabethan times as in the Middle Ages usury was condemned as a great evil and yet requested by many (Elizabeth, Essex, Sidney, Leicester, Southampton, the Chamberlain’s Men to build the Globe, all borrowed money)“Usurer lendeth like a friend but he covenanteth like an enemie”(H. Smith, Examination of Usury, 1591)
101 SourcesTranslation of the 13th century of CURSOR MUNDI where the creditor is a Jew.Translation of the 15th century of GESTA ROMANORUM where a story of wooing is added to the ‘flesh bond’ theme.Closest source Ser Giovanni’s IL PECORONE, collection of Italian Tales published in 1558 (the existence of an English version is supposed but not certain)
102 A symbolic location Venice Belmont Bourgeois Interest Individual VentureTragedyDarknessAristocraticLove & friendshipLaw of the fatherComedyLight
103 PORTIA I, ii, 1-70 III, ii, 1-72 III, iv, 10-84 IV, i, 178-398
104 Antonio and Bassanio (and Portia) I, i, 1-79,III, ii,IV, i,V, i,
105 Elements of comedy II, iv love escape II, v masks II, v cross-dressing II, vi servant/clown charactersII, vii fairytale elements(the three caskets)Language: lyrical, bawdy, witty, proverbial, mispelling, quibbles, double entendre,
106 HamletDate 1601Inscribed in The Stationers’ Register in 1602 as “A Booke called ‘The Revenge of Hamlett Prince of Denmarke’ as yt was latelie Acted by the Lord Chamberleyne his servants”First Quarto 1603Second QuartoIn Folio 1623
107 SourcesSaxo Gramaticus ( ), Historiae Danicae Libri or Gesta Danorum (published in 1514) 16 books: III and IV dedicated to Amlethus or AmlodhiFrancois de Belleforest, Histoires Tragiques (1570) : translation and adaptation of Saxo’s story with the addition of Gertrude’s infidelity before her husband’s murder and the melancholy motif.Murder by poison poured in the victim’s ear (Serpieri, 36-37)Ur-Hamlet a lost drama perhaps by Thomas Kyd, often referred to by many contemporary sources (the university wits Thomas Nashe and Thomas Lodge, Philip Henslow’s Diary)
108 Shakespearean additions Fortinbras of Norway I, i, ; V, ii, ; 377-endthe actors and the play within the play (fiction which leads to truth; meta-theatrical reflections, misoginy, madness, puns and wordplay III, ii, )the Ghost: Supernatural sign in the symbolical world picture I, i, ; I, i, ;
109 The Ghost: the uncanny as the return of the repressed in the modern split subject, Curti p.26-7Freud, Il Perturbante Heimlich/unheimlichp.16, 23-4, 26, 54-5, 61I, iii, (secret)I, iv, (thoughts)III, iv, (visionof the mind in thecloset scene)
110 Oedipus complex (Hamnet was also the name of his only male son who died young, Hamnet Sadler was his best friend in Stratford)Freud, L’interpretazione dei sogni (1899) p (Ernst Jones, The Oedipus Complex as an explanation of Hamlet’s Mystery, 1910), Curti, p.13,Impasse: II, ii, ; III, iii, 73-98;misoginy: I, ii,Eros as danger I, iii, 5-44; I, iii, ; III, i,LUST (See Sonnet**) I, v, 42-57;
111 **Sonnet 129The expense of spirit in a waste of shameIs lust in action; and till action, lustIs perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight,Past reason hunted, and no sooner hadPast reason hated as a swallowed bait,On purpose laid to make the taker mad:Mad in pursuit and in possession so,Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe,Before, a joy proposed, behind, a dream.All this the world well knows, yet none so wellTo shun the heaven that leads men to this hell
112 Opheliaher madness and death (in 1579 a certain Katherine Hamlett drowned in the river Avon)IV, vii, (image of drowning girl, flowers, sexual implications, water, femininity: the question of representation)
113 Ophelia“though she is neglected in criticism, Ophelia is probably the most frequently illustrated and cited of Shakespeare’s heroines.” (E. Showalter, “Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism”, 1985)“We can imagine Hamlet’s story without Ophelia, but Ophelia literally has no story without Hamlet” (Lee Edwards)«Ophelia does have a story… it is neither her life story, nor her love story… but rather the history of her representation. » (Showalter)
114 RENAISSANCE love-melancholy, erotomania, offense against decorum, madness, deserved death by water: the feminine elementXVII CENTURY madness sentimentalised, censure of bawdy textual implications, musical representationROMANTICISM from denial to embrace: madness from too much feeling, speechless critics/pictorial obsession,Anticipation of medical fascination for relation between female sexuality and hysteria (Charcot, Janet, Freud)XX CENTURY Anti-psychiatry represents her as schizophrenic response to repressionFEMINISM Ophelia’s madness as protest and rebellion, a form of agency, rewritingsIV, v, 21-72; IV, v,
115 In patriarchal discourse, feminine and sexuality can be represented only in terms of madness and deathRepresentation of Femininity rests on the side of negativity, absence, lackOphelia as NOTHINGNESSIII, ii,In Elizabethan slang ‘nothing’ was a term for female genitalia, the extroverted male sex was replicated in the female as a carved absentia (woman as the negative side of man)
116 See Freud, Il perturbante (female genitalia as source of anguish, p French psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray: ‘women’s sexual organs ‘represent the horror of nothing to see’“Ophelia’s story becomes the story of the Zero …the empty circle or mystery of feminine difference” (Showalter)“Her speech is nothing”Curti, p. 52
117 Melancholy, excess of spleen or black choler Encyclopaedic treatise: Robert Burton The Anatomy of Melancholy : “ … my purpose and endeavour is … to anatomise this humour of melancholy, through all its parts and species, as it is an habit, or an ordinary disease, and that philosophically, medicinally, to show the causes, symptoms and several cures of it, that it may be the better avoided… I have anatomised my own folly…”
118 Melancholy= Baroque Aesthetics (Curti, p.16-17)Melancholy= Black Sun of depression“Une suspension du sens, une nuit sans espoir, l’éclipse des perspectives et jusqu’à celle de la vie, rallument alors dans la mémoire le souvenir des séparations traumatiques et nous plongent dans un état d’abandon. ‘Père, pourquoi m’as-tu abandonné ?’ » (J. Kristeva, Le soleil noir. Dépression et mélancholie)
119 Melancholy= bereavement “To a son he speaks, the son of his soul, the prince, young Hamlet and to the son of his body, Hamnet Shakespeare… He wrote the play in the months that followed (also) his father’s death…” (J. Joyce, Ulysses)Melancholy= unworked mourningSee S. Freud, Mourning and Melancholia
120 Freud proposed that the cause of melancholia resided in the failure to mourn a loss. “the normal affect of mourning” was to be considered the regular reaction “to the loss of a loved person, or to the loss of some abstraction... such as one’s country, liberty, an ideal, and so on” (MM, 243). On the other hand melancholia was identified in the terms of a pathological condition, the state where the ‘work of mourning’ fails to reach completion. Freud described the process by which the “shadow of the object fell upon the ego” and the loss of the object, whether it be a person or “a loss of a more ideal kind”(245), gradually became the loss of the ego. In other words while a mourner, a griever, gets to a sense of closure and moves on, the melancholic embraces the condition of lingering, keeping the wound open and infected. “The distinguishing mental features of melancholia are a profoundly painful dejection, cessation of interest in the outside world, loss of the capacity to love, inhibition of all activity, and a lowering of the self-regarding feelings to a degree that finds utterance in self-reproaches and self-revilings ...” (MM, 244); “in mourning” he concluded “it is the world which has become poor and empty; in melancholia it is the ego itself” (246).
121 I, ii, 66-86(Bereavement), I, ii, (black sun); I, ii, (black humour); II, 2, ; III, I, (death drive, postponement of the action, dubbio metafisico Serpieri, p ,14, Functional interpretation: ‘No delay, no play’)
122 MADNESSI, iv, 69-78; I, v, , II, ii, ; ; buffoonery (Serpieri, p.12, 16-7)III, iv, 9-13; (isocolon, repetition);IV, ii, 4-28 (puns);IV, iii, (chiasm, antimetatesi)
123 EPISTEMOLOGICAL SHIFTING Languages at war: Serpieri, p.20-22 M. Bachtin, dialogical nature of the novelSerpieri, Polifonic nature of ShakespeareantheatreTwo world-pictures:Medieval symbolical cosmosIII, iii, 8-23 (order & harmony)Chaotic individual modernityIV, iv, 9-66(doubt)Vs
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