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Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 927.  Monday, 13 December 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Martin Green <
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        Date:   Saturday, 11 Dec 93 11:16:42 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0919 Re: The Paradox of Historicizing Shakespeare
 
(2)     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Sunday, 12 Dec 1993 22:15:30 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0925  Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
 
 
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Date:           Saturday, 11 Dec 93 11:16:42 -0400
Subject: 4.0919 Re: The Paradox of Historicizing Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0919 Re: The Paradox of Historicizing Shakespeare
 
Well, as to what I think about those two sentences quoted by Bill
Godshalk: nothing much, one way or the other. Actually, to the extent
that their general sense can be inferred from the total combination of
words, they're a bit more intelligible than most of the sentences in
the style of writing (not limited to that of the new historicists)
I had in mind. But Bill Godshalk does show, by his attempt to figure
out what some of the individual words and phrases might mean, that
these sentences, in their own modest way, are indeed written in the
flatulent jargon which is the curse of modern academic writing. As for
an explication of those lines: that must - and doubtless will - come
either from native speakers, or students of the language.
 
Good luck in your quest.
 
Martin Green
 
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Date:           Sunday, 12 Dec 1993 22:15:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0925  Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0925  Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
 
Nancy Miller,
 
How clearly you put it! Now, let's ask why our author didn't put it that
clearly. The nastiest answer may be that the author wanted to make a fairly
simple and conventional idea sound "very new and very, very important."
 
But my major point is that the historicist jargon does NOT get us closer to the
early seventeenth century. As you hint, Nancy, you have to go to seventeenth
century writing in that attempt. And as you point out, those two sentences I
quoted did not immediately remind you of S.'s TROILUS AND CRESSIDA.
 
Are we in the enlightenment business, or the obfuscation business?
 
Ligh seeking light, I remain, Bill Godshalk
 

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