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Don’t Kiss the Messenger: Wooing by Proxy in Shakespeare

by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


“I can live no longer by thinking.” - Orlando

It is a commonplace that love is a paradox. Drawing us together, it is yet a third element beyond its terms, that is, an intrusion. It is in virtue of this ambiguity that it is rarely the solution we would have so much as the challenge to which we must rise. (Bradley, 21) Imperceptibly, our amorous dealings become relationships, things to which we ourselves stand in subsidiary attitudes often at odds with one another.  more>>>