The Shakespeare Conference: riday, 9 March 2001
From: R. A. Cantrell <
Date: Thursday, 8 Mar 2001 21:44:58 -0600
Subject: Authorial Intent
>R. A. Cantrell notes:
>>E.D. Hirsch, Validity in Interpretation. Northrop Frye, Anatomy of
>>Criticism (I think the last word is right). I personally will not
>>supply the proponents of the aforementioned "taboo" with the oxygen of
>>attention. I should not like using a list like this to express personal
>>disapprobation, but there is no language strong enough to express my
>>attitude toward the again mentioned proponents. From whom have you
>>learned? Is the time spent discussing theory well spent?
>Well, if it leads us to this sort of apoplectic hate, probably not.
Whoa dude, chill. You misconstrue me, at least in part, and certainly
in degree. I was not asking Ms. Rossini a rhetorical question nor was I
castigating her present faculty, but asking from whom, what scholarly
tradition, did she actually learn. I ask this with intent to contrast
that valuable tradition with the proponents of "the death of the author"
whose only aim is the stultification of learning through incessant
troping. Hate is a strong term that currently enjoys an unattractive
vogue. I prefer loathing.