The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0966 Thursday, 8 October 1998.
Date: Thursday, 8 Oct 1998 10:56:56 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Subject: 9.0962 Thesis Proposal
Comment: Re: SHK 9.0962 Thesis Proposal
Jason, some thoughts on your honors thesis proposal...
First, my congratulations on developing such a thoughtful proposal. Few
undergraduates have the skills or patience to think critical issues
through as you have done here. I envy your faculty at UBC the
opportunity of working with you.
You plan to investigate "ways and reasons" that Christian and pagan
readings are "produced." "Produced" is the key term here; as you survey
the critical literature, don't forget why you chose "produced" rather
than, say "created." Also, leave open to yourself the option of
altering your thesis after you have completed your "thorough
Consider whether you really mean that *Shakespeare* is "advocating" a
dissolution of hierarchies, or whether *the text* advocates such a
Remember that when you discuss Shakespeare's "characters and audience"
that there have been and are countless audiences, and that the
characters as well are mediated by many contingent factors.
What exactly do you mean by "alone in their respective universes"?
Also, keep in mind that "redemptive, humanist morality" will need much
explanation, definition and delimitation.
Good luck! -- Karen Peterson-Kranz