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Re: Bloom
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0191  Friday, 5 February 1999.

[1]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Feb 1999 12:49:55 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0187 Re: Bloom

[2]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Thursday, 04 Feb 1999 15:45:31 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0187 Re: Bloom


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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Feb 1999 12:49:55 EST
Subject: 10.0187 Re: Bloom
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0187 Re: Bloom

I know I'm going to regret this, but I have to ask:

Terence Hawkes dismisses Bloom's adherence to the printed word, and I
understand the argument that Shakespeare did not write reading
materials.  I usually fling that at English teachers myself.  However,
the artifacts that are the Texts are inescapable: the plays have not
survived 400 years by being passed down from one actor to another in
some covert theatre tradition.  Most of us came to these works first
through the printed word and most still maintain the major part of our
connection through the printed word.

And yes, those first, illiterate audiences had Romeo and Juliet, but so
do we.  And do we not, not only as viewers/auditors but also as readers,
continue to "make them possible"?

So, Terence, what I am not understanding in your last post?

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
Newnan, GA

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From:           Bob Haas <
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Date:           Thursday, 04 Feb 1999 15:45:31 -0500
Subject: 10.0187 Re: Bloom
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0187 Re: Bloom

I don't believe from the article I read on Bloom's speech that he sees
himself as a passive receptacle for others' thought, which he can only
read.  He's very much committed to the idea of a proactive (I'm sorry I
wrote that, but it fit) approach to communication.  And I doubt very
much that his point was to dismiss performance.  But the possibility
begs my question: does anybody have a copy of this speech, or know where
I can find it?  I'd love to look at the whole thing.
 

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