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Re: Welsh etc.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0441  Friday, 23 February 2001

[1]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Feb 2001 22:22:09 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0423 Re: Welsh etc.

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Feb 2001 00:18:24 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0423 Re: Welsh etc.


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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Feb 2001 22:22:09 -0500
Subject: 12.0423 Re: Welsh etc.
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0423 Re: Welsh etc.

The problem with using fictions like The Changeling and 1 The Honest
Whore to illustrate Early Modern social practices is that they are
fictions.  Nevada Barr's new novel Blood Lure is next to my left elbow.
Is it permissible to use it as evidence of what's really happening in
Glacier National Peace Park?  Last night I heard Peter Carey (yes, the
Australian novelist) say with regard to fiction:  "Past, present, and
future -- they're all made up." And we all know about urban legends and
the "things that everyone knows," but aren't really true.

It was in the 17th century that the hospital was first open to the
public, the unfortunate inmates being seen as a form of cheap
entertainment. It was during the same period that the hospital became
better known by its nickname Bedlam - a word that has entered the
English Dictionary as meaning chaos and confusion.

So reads the London Town Guide (Website). Perhaps, Terence would like to
drop the other shoe and tell us what he knows (or doesn't know) about
Bethlehem Hospital in the Early Modern period.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Feb 2001 00:18:24 -0500
Subject: 12.0423 Re: Welsh etc.
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0423 Re: Welsh etc.

> As for Larry Weiss's stone age tribe that treats you well and then chops
> off your head, well, it's tempting to agree with Larry that here is a
> difference that leads to an absolute moral judgment about that tribe's
> ethical "inferiority." But I don't agree because it was judgments such
> as these that once led us to colonize Africa and assume "the white man's
> burden." When we did that, we exploited the continent and treated the
> natives shamefully. What we proved is that our initial judgment of our
> own superiority was in error.

As evidenced, no doubt, by the enlightened humane fashion in which
decolonized African countries carry on.  Seriously, Ed, would you rather
be an African shopkeeper in Freetown now or when George VI was on the
stamps?
 

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