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Re: Marx, Religion, and Nobility
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0176  Thursday, 27 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Patrick Dolan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 08:37:23 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0171 Re: Marx, Religion, and Nobility

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 09:29:46 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0171 Re: Marx, Religion, and Nobility


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From:           Patrick Dolan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 08:37:23 -0600
Subject: 11.0171 Re: Marx, Religion, and Nobility
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0171 Re: Marx, Religion, and Nobility

>I would, though, be interested in an article which would argue that the
>Christians in the play are rendering material things like love or
>friendship, which aren't material, or at least, shouldn't be.  Such an
>argument would not have to start from a specific religious standpoint,
>but it would have to resist the attempts of recent criticism to
>understand everything in material, economic terms.

I'd probably be interested too, depending on where the "aren't material"
"shouldn't be" come from. If they come from your twentieth century
Christianity or my spirituality whatever it may be, then the article may
take its interest from its illumination of the spiritual, but I don't
think it would be very interested in a scholarly discussion of
Shakespeare.

On the other hand, if they come from an understanding of the cultural
and social standing of love and friendship in Shakespeare's culture and
the discourse(s) of the play then we may have (scholarly) gold. I hope
you'll agree, Sean, that love and friendship aren't and can't be
entirely divorced from materiality

 

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