The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1335 Wednesday, 28 July 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 27 Jul 1999 14:05:31 -0500
Subject: 10.1329 Re: Shakespeare's Current Popularity
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1329 Re: Shakespeare's Current Popularity
After reading Gary Taylor's piece in The Guardian, I am even further
strengthened in my view that he is wrong in his view that "the number of
people attending to Shakespeare, the intensity of their attention, the
frequency and complexity of their appropriations, will inevitably
Shakespeare is the kind of author that deepens and rewards the reader
who takes the time to study him-rewarding people who take the time to
study his plays not as ephemeral moments on the stage but as meditations
on the human condition. So many of modern culture's literary icons-Toni
Morrison, for example-leaves one disgustedly unsatisfied and not wanting
to pursue more vacuity.
Maybe Gary Taylor's view is more of a reflection on him and his tastes
than on other people's views of Shakespeare or even Shakespeare's
reputation in our time.