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Re: Politics and Interpretation
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0877.  Monday, 25, November 1996.

(1)     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Nov 1996 20:51:24 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0846  Re: Politics and Interpretation

(2)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Nov 1996 22:56:50 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0871  Re: Politics


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Nov 1996 20:51:24 -0800
Subject: 7.0846  Re: Politics and Interpretation
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0846  Re: Politics and Interpretation

Andy White wrote

>There seem to be people on this list who insist on political interpretations of
>a decidedly leftist stripe; would it be irrelevant to point out that in
>England, as well as in the Communist world (China comes to mind in particular),
>popular forms of entertainment are rejected out of hand, branded "elitist" and
>persecuted despite the facts?

However popular drama used to be, it can hardly be said to be popular now. Just
on numbers and the self-identification of class by theatre-goers
(predominantly, they say they are 'middle') it must be called an elitist
entertainment whether or not you approve of it being so. I recall Terry Hawkes
writing in the 1960s or 70s on exit polls at theatres in Stratford on Avon.

I shan't comment on White's story about the Globe funding other than to say it
seems to imply that a punitive fine was imposed on Southwark council (else how
did the project gain capital by it?) which, I thought, was something the
British judicial system does not allow. I'd be interested in informed responses
on this. I'll go and look for the story in Barry Day's book _This wooden 'O':
Shakespeare's Globe reborn_ which purports to be a history of the project.

Gabriel Egan

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Date:           Friday, 22 Nov 1996 22:56:50 -0500
Subject: 7.0871  Re: Politics
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0871  Re: Politics

John Drakakis writes:

>Althusser DOES give an account of change: when the forces of production are out
>of synchronization with the relations of production.  All very simple really.

Unfortunately, I don't understand how this imbalance leads to ideological
change. Perhaps a less abstract and more specific, concrete answer would lead
me to an understanding of how Althusser accounts for ideological change in his
chapter on ideology and ISAs.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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