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Re: Is Oedipus Rex a Psychodrama?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0280  Wednesday, 17 February 1999.

From:           Brian Haylett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 19:36:05 -0000
Subject:        Re: Is Oedipus Rex a Psychodrama?

Clifford Stetner writes: Although you are free to choose to dispense
with ancient literary theory (or, frankly, dispense with whatever you
like; this is not a textual criticism conference), the Elizabethans did
not.  It was a part of the renaissance they felt to be deserved.

Yep, fair enough. You were just the last of several writers who diverted
the subject, so far as I am concerned. I don't mind you having a concept
of a social aspect to the play, but I wasn't talking about that at the
time. Put it down to frustration that no responses at all were textual,
which I suppose is the way Shakespeare is handled in universities in
recent years. I also felt disappointed that a Conference of this size
should be so hung up on Clinton references and Psalm 46 games. Must be
me. The discussion of the learning of Elizabethan audiences is much more
cheering.
 

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