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Re: Subtext
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2819  Wednesday, 12 December 2001

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Dec 2001 15:47:53 -0500
Subject: 12.2793 Re: Subtext
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2793 Re: Subtext

To my answer that "nothing" lies in the "interstices of the text," Sean
Lawrence answers:

>Ah, but what is nothing?  The nihilation at the heart of being which
>allows for Sartrean freedom?  The existential gap across which
>Kierkegaard hoped to leap?  The infinite distance between self and
>other?  The nothingness of negative theology?

And my answer is (f) none of the above. I was trying to insinuate that
"interstices of the text" is a metaphor, in fact, a misleading metaphor.
In a text, all one has is a text.  The only spaces are the white spaces.
There is also no "heart of being," no "existential gap," no "infinite
distance" between me and someone else (in fact, we're pretty close), or
no mystical "nothingness."  If there is, I echo Macbeth, call 'em; let
me see 'em.

By nothing I mean nada -- nada damn thing, as my Spanish girlfriend used
to say.

Skeptical Bill Godshalk

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