The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1463  Tuesday, 8 August 2000.

From:           John Drakakis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 8 Aug 2000 09:52:01 +0100
Subject: 11.1454 Re: Exploitation, Marx, and Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.1454 Re: Exploitation, Marx, and Shakespeare

No Bill,

You are simplifying (again). I'm not suggesting for one minute that art
IS ideology. Its ideological content is a necessary but not sufficient
part of the definition.  Also the contrast with beavers is not very
helpful either.

On the question of value I challenge you to tell me categorically what
Shakespeare 'thought' or 'intended'.  We start from the value that WE
impose upon these texts, and here value is historically contingent. We
may speculate on what value these texts might have had for Elizabethan
and Jacobean culture but it would be difficult to prove those
speculations conclusively.

John Drakakis

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