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Re: Shakespeare and Politics (The Discussion
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 583.  Friday, 24 Sept. 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Friday, September 24, 1993
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Politics
 
(2)     From:   Stephen Miller <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 SEP 93 13:49:04 BST
        Subj:   A Concluding word
 
(3)     From:   Dennis Kennedy <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Sep 1993 09:55 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0580  Re: Shakespeare, Politics, etc.
 
(4)     From:   John Cox <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Sep 1993 08:58:46 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0580  Re: Shakespeare, Politics, etc.
 
 
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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Friday, September 24, 1993
Subject:        Shakespeare and Politics
 
SHAKSPEReans,
 
The emerging consensus seems to be that my intervention into the recent
discussions involving Shakespeare, Politics, The Globe, and Wanamaker was
uncalled for.  My attempt was not in any manner related to the subjects under
discussion, and I took the step with great trepidation. I was concerned,
rather, with the tone of many of the comments.  I will, of course, continue to
circulate digests of submissions related to these issues and hope that my
intervention will not become a topic itself and that the subjects of the
discourse will be the issue, not the discourse itself.
 
Apologetically,
                Hardy M. Cook
 
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From:           Stephen Miller <
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Date:           Friday, 24 SEP 93 13:49:04 BST
Subject:        A Concluding word
 
Near the beginning of the recent discussion on Wanamaker's Globe I offered a
brief description of the building work as I observed it one month ago on the
South Bank.  (A photo of the new section appeared in The (London) Times on Wed,
22 Sep 1993, p. 18; though I am no advocate of that journal, it does get spread
about.)
 
Also, I am no particular advocate for Wanamaker's project, though John Drakakis
suggested that I might be 'besotted' in reply to my brief note.  In fact,
several month's ago I recall letters complaining that I was making points
inimical to Wanamaker's project.  Assailed from both sides, ah well.
 
I did not reply sooner because I was away during the week after I sent the
first message and because an alteration of machines here in early September
meant that I missed some SHAKSPER files, and, hence, probably, part of the
discussion.
 
Stephen Miller
UDLE031 @ BAY.CC.KCL.AC.UK (revised address)
 
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From:           Dennis Kennedy <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Sep 1993 09:55 EST
Subject: 4.0580  Re: Shakespeare, Politics, etc.
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0580  Re: Shakespeare, Politics, etc.
 
I want to register support of Edward Pechter recent note.  I think the
editor's attempt to end the discussion of Shakespeare and Politics is
a weak decision and should not be accepted by the subscribers.  It is
itself, in the most direct way, a political decision - and demonstrates
precisely why arguments, even angry arguments, about our political
positions are necessary if we are to understand Shakespeare as a cultural
force.  It's clear from some of the postings that some subscribers have
not thought very deeply about Shakespeare in the material world, whereas
others have done so and have much to say that is worth listening to. If
what some subscribers say is offensive to others, isn't that the point
of conferring?  To discover where we draw the line?
 
Dennis Kennedy
University of Pittsburgh
 
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From:           John Cox <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Sep 1993 08:58:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0580  Re: Shakespeare, Politics, etc.
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0580  Re: Shakespeare, Politics, etc.
 
Hardy,
 
    I agree with Ed Pechter about the Wanamaker Globe and the discussion
it has generated.  I'm interested not only in the cross-cultural differ-
ences but in differences within the same culture.  One of our British
colleagues just told another one to "put up or shut up."  This is almost
as good as Commons Question Time.  I say, "Let 'er roll!"
 
John Cox
 

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