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Re: Drama or Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0105  Wednesday, 20 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Catherine Fitzmaurice <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jan 1999 11:55:45 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0095 Re: Drama or Theatre

[2]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jan 1999 11:57:49 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0095 Re: Drama or Theatre

[3]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jan 1999 09:50:29 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 10.0084 Re: Literature, Music, Language, Theatre, Drama


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From:           Catherine Fitzmaurice <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jan 1999 11:55:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0095 Re: Drama or Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0095 Re: Drama or Theatre

> . . . . . . . . . Enormous numbers of people continue nonetheless
> to engage with and respond to drama of extremely high quality on
> television and in the cinema. The sky has not yet fallen. Our withers
> are unwrung.
>
> Terence Hawkes

Ah, but it is the THEATRICALIZATION of the drama that they are engaging
with and responding to. There are more withered withers-fanciers in UK
and USA than READ academic polemics.

Catherine Fitzmaurice
Professor of Theatre (not a building)

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jan 1999 11:57:49 EST
Subject: 10.0095 Re: Drama or Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0095 Re: Drama or Theatre

Terence Hawkes writes:

"Enormous numbers of people continue nonetheless to engage with and
respond to drama of extremely high quality on television and in the
cinema."

Equivocation, dear Terence!  Where before you were distinguishing
between activity and architecture, now you quibble between genre of
performance and mode of performance.

Don't confuse me, a mere performance person.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jan 1999 09:50:29 -0800
Subject: Re: Literature, Music, Language, Theatre, Drama
Comment:        SHK 10.0084 Re: Literature, Music, Language, Theatre, Drama

The Larry Weiss wrote:

> Let's stop bashing Terry just because its fun.

It is rather, but the purpose isn't bashing.  We went through this a
year or more ago, so I'll keep it brief.  Prof. Hawkes deliberately says
rude and provocative things.  Some like it.  Some loath it.  On the two
or three occasions that he has provided real content, I have been
grateful for his messages.  In my view, the vast majority are just
pointless exercises of what passes for wit.  It is has been dubbed irony
to justify it.  In my mind there is no justification, but Prof. Hawkes
and some others persist.

Besides, his style rather invites it.  We are justified in claiming,
"Terry hit me first."

I believe you owe Henry Hill an apology.

I believe Prof. Hawkes owes many people an apology.

BTW, even if his point was right, it needn't have been expressed with
sarcasm masquerading as irony.  Everyone knew what was meant.  It was
unnecessary and, I think, petty.

(But even I'll admit Hawkes once calling himself Cultural Materialist to
Her Majesty the Queen was pretty funny.)

Mike Jensen
 

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