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Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2745  Wednesday, 5 December 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 04 Dec 2001 08:51:33 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2733 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World?

[2]     From:   Bob Grumman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Dec 2001 15:16:34 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2733 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World?


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 04 Dec 2001 08:51:33 -0800
Subject: 12.2733 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2733 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World?

Robert Peters responds to Karen Peterson on top-ten lists

> > I'm curious about what SHAKSPERians think about this kind of thing.  Do
> > "Top Ten" lists of whatever stripe encourage anyone to actually read or
> > study the works in question?
>
>I don't think so. It is a pastime form the learned for the learned so
>that they can argue about the canon and show how learned they are.

Not always.  Chapters (I believe) asked their customers as well as their
employees to choose the top ten books of the millennium.  The employees
chose Hamlet to top the list.  The customers topped the list with three
novels by Ayn Rand.  So much for populism.

By the way, has anyone considered that these sorts of lists--whether of
literature or hockey players--follow from a winner-take-all culture,
where almost everything is divided into the best and the also-rans?
This isn't so much an addiction to excellence as to victory, or perhaps
just to superlatives.

Cheers,
Se

 

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