The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0857 Wednesday, 19 April 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 18 Apr 2000 13:31:11 -0500
Subject: 11.0846 Re: What is pornography?
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0846 Re: What is pornography?
I've been on this list long enough to realize how cutting Terence Hawkes
can sometimes be, but I never thought to be the object of his special
brand of sarcasim, satire, wit, what you will. All I was trying to do
was be helpful, and perhaps even amusing, and to point out the
ridiculous lengths to which we sometimes have to go in this
everybody-sue-everybody-for-anything age. I didn't realize I would be
I've learned my lesson from both Hawkes and Clifford Stetner (who, you
all may recall, seemed to imply that because I didn't agree with him, I
was not a "thinking person.") For the foreseeable future I henceforth
swear off posting to the list on *any* subject, and I shall seriously
consider getting off the list altogether.
Of course, temptation being what it is, I might be forsworn.
I'm still trying to figure out why a course suggesting that Shakespeare
might best be taught and understood in high schools through an approach
which emphasizes the theatrical and performative elements over the
literary ones would be considered "astonishing." Possibly I lack that
special intelligence which would enable me to appreciate Hawkes' unique
brand of satire.