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Re: Ideology; *The Herbal Bed*
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0644.  Friday, 6 June 1997.

[1]     From:   Ben Schneider <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Jun 1997 11:58:07 +0000
        Subj:   Ideology

[2]     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Jun 1997 18:43:28 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0636 London/Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre


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From:           Ben Schneider <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Jun 1997 11:58:07 +0000
Subject:        Ideology

Dear Robert Appelbaum,

Many thanks for your elegant answer to my question, "How would you
justify such a claim as that WT is a sexist play [if there is no such a
thing as truth]."  Your impressive delineation of a typical "objective"
answer does not answer the question, and you obviously don't believe in
it, either. Your answer is just a parody of the answer that you think I
would give.

If the argumentum ad homimen is valid, then you have done a great job of
undermining me.  However, even if I am a silly person, my character is
not in question here.

So I'm STILL curious as to how you would justify such a claim as the one
that WT is a sexist play.  If you don't happen to agree with that claim,
how about taking up another of the politically-based claims, like "Henry
V is a cunning power-politician;" "Shylock is the victim of an
exclusionist establishment;"  or, "Prospero is an imperialist"?   I
don't see how you can substantiate (establish, validate)  claims like
this without assuming an objective text and the possibility of stating
the truth about it.

Yours ever
BEN SCHNEIDER

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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Jun 1997 18:43:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0636 London/Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0636 London/Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre

I was glad to read the energetic support of Peter Whelan's play *The
Herbal Bed* which I saw in Stratford last season and liked very much.
However, it is not currently running in Stratford (according to the RSC
Spring/Summer program), and the London engagement is for 13 weeks only,
April 10 - July 10 (according to the London Planner from BTA). Delighted
to hear it is slated for New York. Perhaps it might also be picked up
for the Black Swan Theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in '98 or
'99?

Joanne Walen
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