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Re: Tragic Hero
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1056  Tuesday, 8 May 2001

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 07 May 2001 09:44:02 -0700
Subject: Re: Tragic Hero
Comment:        SHK 12.1045 Re: Tragic Hero

To Steve Gamble,

Those of us who have been members of SHAKSPER for a long time are all
too familiar with Stephanie Hughes making claims like,

>some of my points seem so self-evident that
>"proving" them is like proving that grass is green,
>including the idea that Shakespeare wrote MOV
>out of a particular set of circumstances that
>were known to his audience,

She has previously claimed that things are self-evident, which aren't.
We don't take her any more seriously than she takes the principles of
sound scholarship.  You have done all that is reasonable by giving her
the opportunity to demonstrate that she has a reason for her claims.
She has failed to take advantage of this opportunity.  The claim that it
is self-evident is, transparently, an attempt to wiggle out of this and
still be able to claim that she is right.  Believe me, many people on
the list understand this.

It is good to challenge her, and you did it very well.

Shaking my head in dismay,
Mike Jensen

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