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Re: Historicizing
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 932.  Tuesday, 14 December 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Nancy W Miller <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Dec 93 11:09:04 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0927  Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
 
(2)     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Dec 93 12:33 BST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 4.0927 Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
 
 
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From:           Nancy W Miller <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Dec 93 11:09:04 EST
Subject: 4.0927  Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0927  Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
 
William Godshalk,
 
Granted, those sentences did not put me in mind of *T&C*, but I'm not sure any
two sentences taken out of context should necessarily be required to do that.
I agree that the writing is terribly obtuse.  I won't defend that.  It's
unnecessary.
 
Do you think this type of obfuscating language is a result of intentionally
inflating and obscuring unoriginal ideas, or a common (mistaken) perception
that a scholar must sound like that in order to be thought learned?  Is this
more common among young scholars who are trying to find their voice and make a
mark?  As a young scholar, I'm interested in experienced scholars' opinions on
this.
 
N.M.
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Dec 93 12:33 BST
Subject: 4.0927 Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0927 Re: The Paradox of Historicizing
 
How does Bill Godshalk's project of 'getting closer to the early seventeenth
century' somehow guarantee 'enlightenment'? What do late twentieth century
Americans expect early seventeenth century England to enlighten them about?
Leo Daugherty's commendation of the 'digging up' of Elizabethan theatres
begs similar questions. They're not, incidentally, just digging them up;
they're building replicas of them. And the Commander, if anyone's counting,
has this month been awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of
London. Presumably this is what comes of 'thinking Globally'?
 
Terence Hawkes
 

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