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Re: Drama and Historicism
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0804. Wednesday, 12 October 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Victor Gallerano <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Oct 1994 09:06:46 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   SHK 5.798 Q: Drama and Historicism (fwd)
 
(2)     From:   Norman J. Myers <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Oct 1994 08:25:38 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.798  Q: Drama and Historicism
 
 
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From:           Victor Gallerano <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Oct 1994 09:06:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Q: Drama and Historicism (fwd)
Comment:        SHK 5.798 Q: Drama and Historicism (fwd)
 
Daniel Lanier,
 
Take a look at some of the work of Paul Cantor; in particular., an essay in
"The National Interest" ('93 ?) titled, _Shakespeare--'For All Time?'__  He has
also written an introduction to "Hamlet" (in CUP's Landmarks of world Lit.
series) that is worth studying.
 
Cantor's take on Shakespeare, and literature generally, says that historicism
is the bane of nearly all modern thinking and that it has nested down in
academe with a special vengeance.  His critique of historicism comes ultimately
from Leo Strauss.  Strauss's work has to be taken up by anyone seriously asking
about the roots and meaning of historicism and modern thought.  CAVEAT EMPTOR:
who goes after Strauss may need an "extra" lifetime.
 
Victor Gallerano
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Oct 1994 08:25:38 -0400
Subject: 5.798  Q: Drama and Historicism
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.798  Q: Drama and Historicism
 
May I urge you to consider the THEATRICAL climate in which the plays were
first produced.  In that connection, may I recommend James Forse's ART
IMITATES BUSINESS, published by Bowling Green State University Press.  This
is a fascinating series of essays linking the commercial aspects of
Elizabethan theatre with the remarkable art that was produced within those
confines.  All this is assuming, of course, that you are studying REAL
plays--i.e. the textual remains of works that were - as far as we know -
actually staged.
 
Norman Myers
Theatre Department
Bowling Green State University.
 
I think this is Dr. Forse's e-mail: 
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  At any rate, he's in
the History Department at BGSU
 

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