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Final Words Re: SHAKSPER Description
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0293  Wednesday, 1 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 31 Mar 1998 11:06:28 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0282  Re: SHAKSPER Description

[2]     From:   William Williams <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Mar 1998 23:47:42 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0288  Re: SHAKSPER Description


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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Mar 1998 11:06:28 EST
Subject: 9.0282  Re: SHAKSPER Description
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0282  Re: SHAKSPER Description

Good God!  I'm agreeing with Terence Hawkes and Gabriel Egan!

Egan's quite correct in his assessment of SHAKSPER as a heavy-duty
research tool, if by such a thing he means that one would hope to
receive gobs of info for one's latest publishing venture.  I don't mean
that unkindly; it is my distinct impression that the real professionals
do not share their info very readily.  They have too much at stake, I
would think.

For myself, I am quite happy to be classified as a Shakespeare amateur.
I no longer have any opportunity to teach it, and I only direct one
Shakespeare every other year.  However, and I think even Egan would
grant me this, my lack of payment for my services does not negate the
validity of any insights I might have.  Whether or not they are useful
to Egan in his rarefied world is really really irrelevant-unless you are
an Internet user looking for further sources for your own personal
publishing venture.

I think Egan's description of SHAKSPER was unnecessarily belittling, but
if Ardenet's audience is made up of his publishing peers, it is more or
less accurate.  For any other audience, however, I think it shortchanges
our little band.

Likewise, I agree with Terence Hawkes that the Gabriel-bashing has
gotten a little gratuitous.  Whatever the merits of the postmodernist
drivel he espouses may be (that was a joke), our collective fury at his
skeptical assessment of our efforts needs to be kept separate.

For a more civil discourse, even about postmodernism if we must,
Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company

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From:           William Williams <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Mar 1998 23:47:42 -0600
Subject: 9.0288  Re: SHAKSPER Description
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0288  Re: SHAKSPER Description

May this thread, and postmo and anti-sem go the way of authorship of the
past.  Not quite "a plague on all your houses," but a response to the
overuse of the mouse clicking on delete.

WPW
 

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