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Re: Historicizing
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 943.  Wednesday, 15 Dec. 1993.
 
From:           David Bank <
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Date:           Tuesday,14 Dec 93 21:06:35 GMT
Subject: 4.0932 Re: Historicizing
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0932 Re: Historicizing
 
Terence ('Worker') Hawkes is shaking his placard again. We've nothing
to learn from early seventeenth century England (dear "late twentieth
century Americans") because, presumably, the England of that time wasn't
 - unlike our dweller on the Taff - Progressive. This is all delightfully
old-fashioned, but a bit tedious too. Full marks for the rhetoric of
superciliousness and display. Zilch for content.
 
I can think of many things early seventeenth century England is
"enlightening about", but they aren't things I would expect Progressives
to be interested in. There's the rub. Differences between the sexes,
'doubles' in human nature, the effableness of the Deity, how to die badly
or well, the compass of duty, etc. etc. etc. All so *very* old-fashioned
that it's interesting, in fact. And "enlightening" too. Such things may
 - by offering a point of leverage - aid *thought*.
 
 David Bank
 University of Glasgow
 

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