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Re: Various Hamlet Postings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0610  Wednesday, 1 July 1998.

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Jun 1998 08:40:12 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 9.0605  Re: Various Hamlet Postings

[2]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Wednesday, July 1, 1998
        Subj:   SHK 9.0605  Re: Various Hamlet Postings


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Jun 1998 08:40:12 -0700
Subject: Re: Various Hamlet Postings -Reply
Comment:        SHK 9.0605  Re: Various Hamlet Postings -Reply

Dr. Hawkes, member of the board for this list wrote:

>Oh dear. I seem to have suggested a new reading of a line in Hamlet.
>Sorry about that. Back to sleep.

This was after a few other members wrote well thought out reasons that
the suggestion was not convincing.  Rather than engage their arguments,
Dr. Hawkes writes the above, void of intellectual argument, void of
germane content.  He treats the ideas of those who disagree with him
with less respect than his own ideas were treated.  I am saddened by
such tactics.

Mike Jensen

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Date:           Wednesday, July 1, 1998
Subject: Re: Various Hamlet Postings
Comment:        SHK 9.0605  Re: Various Hamlet Postings

>Oh dear. I seem to have suggested a new reading of a line in Hamlet.
>Sorry about that. Back to sleep.

Shirley, he jests!

Having argued in *That Shakespearian Rag* and *Meaning by Shakespeare*
that meaning is culturally determined and, therefore, indeterminate, is
not Hawkes in his "new reading" (". . . 'his' in line 403 refers to
Claudius") making the same kind of contention he did when he argued that
"old Nedar" is Helena's mother and not her father (*Meaning* 39)?

Not a "new reading" at all, but another example of, in this case,
Hawkes's "meaning by Shakespeare" or his stirring up the waters so that
someone else might.
 

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