The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1380 Tuesday, 11 July 2000.
Date: Monday, 10 Jul 2000 08:45:59 -0700
Subject: Re: Shakespeare as Bible
Comment: SHK 11.1370 Re: Shakespeare as Bible
Once upon a time I wrote:
>> Can't we do both? Can't we acknowledge that a set of circumstances
>> lent themselves to turning this playwright into the sweet swan of Avon,
>> yet also acknowledge that some of us find a fascination and challenge in
>> his work that exceeds that of most other artists? "
Mr. Stetner used this comment as springboard to say:
> It seems to me that the stricture that we can't do both comes now only
> from the anti-historicist side of the new wave of debate. Purely
> aestheticist critics, or those who claim that such a thing is possible,
> always include an anti-historicist claim as to the "right" way to read
> poetry, while, on the other hand, there is nothing in historicist
> criticism that prevents making use of aesthetic and structural elements
> in developing a reading of literary works.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this unfairly characterizes some
of those good people who have disagreed with me. While I stand by my
comments, I do regret that my words were used in this way.