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Re: Elitism and Politics
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0892.  Wednesday, 27 November 1996.

(1)     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 19:09:46 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0882  Elitism

(2)     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 21:25:44 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0882

(3)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 22:09:18 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0882  Re: Politics and Interpretation


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From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 19:09:46 GMT
Subject: 7.0882  Elitism
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0882  Elitism

On elitism: a true story.  A fish and chip shop owner in Bridge of Allan
protested violently to me many years ago about the 'elitism' of the local Arts
Centre.  When asked what he wanted instead of the fare provided he said
'Verdi'! 'Verdi'! - but then, he was Italian.  Surely, given all his other
pronouncements, Gabriel Egan must recognise that the definition of 'elite'
culture is very precisely socially and historically generated - and that at any
time Shakespeare might be appropriated in very different interests?

David Lindley

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 21:25:44 -0800
Subject: 7.0882
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0882

Andy White wrote,

>It is true that people with too much money have a patronizing interest in the
>arts -- but for you to take that small fact and tar the whole profession with
>one brush is extreme.  It's also one of the reasons I frankly despise Marxists,
>because they haven't spent much time in the hinterlands as I have, getting to
>know real people who get real enjoyment and meaning from the theatrical
>experience.

No, you're right! I've been mixing with imaginary people on the coast. It makes
all the difference...

Best of luck with your productions.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 22:09:18 -0500
Subject: 7.0882  Re: Politics and Interpretation
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0882  Re: Politics and Interpretation

I think John Drakakis and I agree: Althusser can not be understood unless one
reads Marx first.  But I would go further and ask: why read Althusser at all?

And, of course, Marx cannot be understood without a thorough knowledge of
Hegel, Kant, Descartes, and, some would argue, Plato.  No, there are texts--all
the way down.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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