Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0750. Wednesday, 16 October 1996.
From: Terence Hawkes <
Date: Wednesday, 16 Oct 1996 12:07:22 -0400
Gabriel Egan hardly needs me to defend him, but he is making a number of very
serious points which deserve attention. David Evett's distinction between
'entertainment' and politics is entirely factitious and such stances are, as
they have always been, deeply 'political'. Can anyone nominate any work of
literature that didn't, at its inception, engage with 'politics' to some
degree? Can they point to any subsequent realisation or 'reading' of a work of
literature, in any form, that isn't, to some extent, also involved in
'politics? We can't step outside society. The invaluable skill that students of
literature bring to our encounters with it -the close analysis of texts- is
exactly the one that seems to be in short supply in departments of economics
and law these days. Politics is far too important to be left to them.