The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1328 Friday, 30 June 2000.
Date: Thursday, 29 Jun 2000 11:48:36 -0500
Subject: 11.1272 Re: Pedagogy: Course Structure
Comment: RE: SHK 11.1272 Re: Pedagogy: Course Structure
Pat Dolan wrote,
"What do you do with students who believe (I'd say "know," but that
would be tendentious wouldn't it?) that the deepest, most human truth
about us is that we are historically and culturally situated?"
I would tell such students to ask themselves how it is possible, under
their belief, that great literature - great art generally - continues to
touch, to excite audiences of every generation that may have very little
historical knowledge of the periods in which those works were created.
That such deep constants prevail throughout the ages argues the
constancy of human nature rather than its historical and cultural
determination. (By the way, the problem for historical/cultural research
of literature - which I certainly acknowledge as a proper science - is
that it is less than and more precise than formal criticism and tends,
because of its pr