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Re: Milton
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0860  Wednesday, 19 April 2000.

From:           Edward Pixley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Apr 2000 15:35:40 -0400
Subject: 11.0816 Re: Milton
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0816 Re: Milton

For a modern take on this issue, I highly recommend Brian Friel's
provocative play, "Translations."  It's set in the West of Ireland
during the 1830s Ordnance Survey, when, as part of its effort to
eliminate the Irish language, the English were methodically moving
through Ireland, mapping and renaming all place names with English
"equivalents."  "Translations" is a powerful play, whose primary subject
is language.

Ed Pixley

> >Isn't the point of the genesis stories that these speech acts are
> >special because they originate everything? Surely it's modern to think
> >that language can now do these things.
> >
> >Gabriel Egan
>
> Adam is our father and archetype, and his speech acts are only special
> because their depiction involves a literalization of a metaphor
> representing the power of our own speech acts.  What is modern is
> focusing (and in this sense valorizing) the creative power of human
> speech acts without need of reference to the much more important and
> ultimately determinate fiat of God.
>
> Clifford
 

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