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Re: Times Article
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2106  Wednesday, 5 September 2001

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Sep 2001 15:55:51 -0400
Subject: 12.2102 Re: Times Article
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2102 Re: Times Article

Louis misses my point, though perhaps that's because I had to make it
610 words.

There is no grounding of the classics prior to pop culture anymore.
This is precisely what freaks out the conservatives.  (Shakespeare) is
just a small part of what they hate about English Departments.

See Andrew Delbanco's jeremiad, "The Death of Literature" in NYRB at
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/318

(It begins with an attack on the feminist work of my friend Rebecca
Schneider and her book The Explicit Body in Performance involving porn
star turned performance artist Annie Sprinkle. (neither RS nor her book
is named).

And for a more liberal view, see Emily Eakin's article in the Sunday NY
Times, "Much Ado About (Yawn) Gra Books."
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/08/education/08ED-EAKI.html

For an essay in which porn figures into this larger debate over popular
culture (in the Boston Globe), go to
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/234/oped/Porn_in_academe_A_plus_or_a_peril
_+.shtml

And I recommend Bill Readings' The University in Ruins for more on the
emptying out of "Culture" and the problems that poses not only for
literary studies but for cultural studies as well.

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