The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2271 Friday, 8 December 2000
Date: Thursday, 7 Dec 2000 21:25:18 -0000
Subject: 11.2253 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
Comment: RE: SHK 11.2253 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
Groucho Marx famously said that he would never belong to a club that
would have *him* as a member.
Our 'club' is a half-way house between a peer-reviewed scholarly
community and a free-for-all newsgroup. Many members are distinguished
Shakespeare scholars. Others, while not specialists in Shakespeare, have
a breadth and depth of learning that qualifies them to be frequent
contributors. The rest of us need to ask ourselves every now and then
what we bring to the party.
Perhaps there is some space on the list for amateur members to voice
opinions, even if those opinions are not backed by arguments of
scholarly rigour. But opinions are cheap and, if Hardy is a
tolerant-enough editor to publish them, that should not be regarded as
carte blanche for amateur members to submit them daily. When Hardy asked
for self-restraint earlier this year, both explicitly and metaphorically
('counting to ten'), I inferred that his concerns were about quality as
well as quantity. I suggest that the fewer one's scholarly credentials,
the greater the need for self-restraint. Some of us (myself included)
need to count well beyond ten.
I fear that none of the above will have the desired effect on Sam Small,
and it cannot be long before Hardy calls time on this painful
discussion. I thought it important that Mike Jensen's comments (made
because of his passionate concern for this group) should not go
unsupported, and I hope members will consider well what he has said.