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07 January 2009 @ 10:35 am
you kiss by the book  
Oh, Globe. I do love you. From a series of paired talks around Romeo and Juliet:

Tuesday 17 March
What were the rules of kissing in Shakespeare's time? Did people kiss more freely as a form of greeting than we do today? What were the rules about kisses between lovers, family members, or between friends of the same or opposite sex? In an era of poor dental hygeiene, were kisses even considered sexy? Historian Helen Berry explores some of the pleasures and pitfalls of puckering up in Elizabethan England.
What was the impact of a kiss on the all-male stage? How was kissing staged in the early modern playhouse? What effects did early modern commentators think that kissing might have on spectators? Dr Lucy Munro will explore the theatrical valences of kissing in plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the debates that the staging of kisses aroused.


(I haven't mentioned yet how sad I am that the Globe is doing my second-favorite tragedy (R&J) and my second-favorite comedy (AYLI) in the same season, have I? Well, I am.)
Constant Reader: DT - Berowneskirmish_of_wit on January 8th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
R&J is your second-favorite tragedy? I'm surprised. I mean, I would totally have pegged you for a Timon girl. (HAHA just kidding, since I have still never actually read Timon because I fail at studying Shakespeare.)
tempestsarekind: berowne is perplexed [dt]tempestsarekind on January 8th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Hee. Also, don't tell, but I fail at studying Shakespeare as well. I haven't read Timon either. I'm just not very interested in it, alas.

But yes, R&J is my second-favorite tragedy. I'm not entirely sure why, but it has at least something to do with my love for Juliet.
Neaneadods on January 8th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Aw, man, those look wonderful!
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on January 8th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
I know! I love the Globe, but it's so mean to me (for always waving fun stuff in my face when I can't go). Clearly I have issues.
Neaneadods on January 9th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
The world is unfortunately full of things I'd love to do but can't. :/
tempestsarekind: where comedy meets romancetempestsarekind on January 9th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
Very true, alas.