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Re: Wanamaker's Globe
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 524.  Thursday, 2 Sept. 1993.
 
(1)     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 01 Sep 1993 21:37:58 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0519  Re: Wanamaker's Globe
 
(2)     From:   Leo Daugherty <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Sep 93 02:36:44 -0700
        Subj:   Wanamaker's Globe
 
 
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From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 01 Sep 1993 21:37:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0519  Re: Wanamaker's Globe
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0519  Re: Wanamaker's Globe
 
I've just read Terence Hawkes's comment again, maybe for the fourth time, and
then I read the last paragraph of the last chapter (not the Postscript) of
MEANING BY SHAKESPEARE. Hawkes seems to be able to smell out a plot behind any
action, and the plot is always a right-wing, conservative, Tory plot. In fact,
reading Shakespeare is a conservative act, and building a theatre is an act of
colonial aggression. As we say here in the Colonies, "get real."
 
I assume that Hawkes has read Shakespeare's plays and poems. I assume that this
reading of Shakespeare's words has not turned Hawkes into a rabid conservative,
and I can assure him that when I began reading Shakespeare's works I was a
conservative, and when I finished I was not. I assume that Shakespeare himself
was not a conservative, not a proto-Tory. And, please, don't be so tedious as
to accuse me of anachronism.
 
I suggest that those who believe that Shakespeare is a conservative plot get
out of the bardbiz and into the revolutionbiz or the politicalbiz. Run for
political office. Become a spokesperson for a political party or movement. But,
please, do not read another word written by Shakespeare, and never teach his
plays to young or old students.
 
But, now that I think about it, perhaps reading Shakespeare's plays does
corrupt the mind - of some people.
 
Goodnight, Wm Godshalk
 
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From:           Leo Daugherty <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Sep 93 02:36:44 -0700
Subject:        Wanamaker's Globe
 
Re the recent postings by John Drakakis, Gabriel Egan, and Terence Hawkes:
Jesus, I haven't heard rhetoric like this since my last campus building
takeover 25 years ago.  Hawkes, in particular, really took me back:
 
     What does [Michael Mullin] think the function of these phony
     ties with a past "Golden Age" really is?  Why has the British
     government recently legislated that the study of Shakespeare
     shall become compulsory at every level of the education system?
     Why has Prince Charles, this summer, instigated his own
     Shakespeare summer school at Stratford?  Has it got absolutely
     nothing to do with our imminent absorption into Europe?  With
     Ireland?  With the declining fortunes of the House of Windsor?
     Think about it, Michael -- as presumably Sam "Commander of the
     British Empire" Wanamaker has.
 
What can I say but the obvious?  There's only one person on the Globe
who will be able to expose this Moriartian SOB for what he is and tell
the true story, and that's Oliver Stone.  I can put you in touch.  People
gotta know!
 
                                       Leo Daugherty
 

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