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Re: Postmodernism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0060  Monday, 19 January 1998.

[1]     From:   Sean Kevin Lawrence <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Jan 1998 21:47:53 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0052  Re: Postmodernism

[2]     From:   Naomi Liebler <
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 Jan 1998 11:55:12 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0052  Re: Postmodernism

[3]     From:   Lee Gibson <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Jan 1998 18:24:31 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: Postmodernism


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From:           Sean Kevin Lawrence <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Jan 1998 21:47:53 -0800
Subject: 9.0052  Re: Postmodernism
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0052  Re: Postmodernism

Hi, Robin.

I think the logic you describe explains why I find British politics so
incomprehensible.  It seems to be filled with leftists who make a facade
of nihilism belied by their every strong statement, and rightists who
talk a lot of humbug about "values" while really embracing the cynicism
of the marketplace.  The best seem to go out of their way to deny all
conviction, while the worst sucker everyone in with a pretense of
passionate intensity.

Come to think of it, that's a lot like a number of other western
democracies.  All the more reason to cling to the centre, trying to hold
things together, I suppose.

Cheers,
Sean.

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From:           Naomi Liebler <
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Date:           Saturday, 17 Jan 1998 11:55:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0052  Re: Postmodernism
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0052  Re: Postmodernism

In reply to Robin Headlam-Wells: "it takes genuine style and wit to
argue plausibly in defence of a proposition so patently absurd that if
you tried applying it in real life, say for example to the grading of
undergraduate essays, you could expect instant mass litigation. (Just as
an experiment, try telling your students you graded their essays on the
basis of *your* meanings, not theirs, and see what they say.)"-do you
REALLY mean to suggest that you grade your students' essays on the basis
of "meanings" OTHER than your own? My students would LOVE you! You'd
doubtless find every student's essay plausible, well-argued, and
fundamentally "right"; on what basis then would you find a student's
work, um, less-than-adequate? And whose "meanings" then become the
standard by which you evaluate those of your students?

Just wondering....
Cheers,
Naomi

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From:           Lee Gibson <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Jan 1998 18:24:31 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Re: Postmodernism

I forward this from another list I receive.  It's not, strictly
speaking, material for SHAKSPER, but it's not without interest in light
of the continuing "postmodernism" discussions.  The term "Left
Conservatives" is especially nice.

Lee Gibson
Department of English
Southern Methodist University

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