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Regarding Editor's Decision
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2211  Tuesday, 25 September 2001

[1]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Saturday, 22 Sep 2001 15:25:04 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 12.2194 Regarding Editor's Decision

[2]     From:   Steven Marx <
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        Date:   Saturday, 22 Sep 2001 20:21:32 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2194 Regarding Editor's Decision


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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Saturday, 22 Sep 2001 15:25:04 -0400
Subject: Regarding Editor's Decision
Comment:        SHK 12.2194 Regarding Editor's Decision

I think that Professor Cook has the right idea in keeping these pages
clear of the political anger that a discussion of the Sept. 11th events
might generate.  Personally, I would have been happy if the pornography
discussion were left off the list, too, although I recognize that at
least part of it did have some Shakespearean relevance. Frankly, my
approach to topics I don't want to engage in is simply to ignore them
(the delete key! Oh, the wonderful delete key!). Politics, religion,
warfare, leadership, et al, are topics that may be found in the works of
Shakespeare, but they are not the foci of this listserv when they are
NOT references to those works.

Simon Morris is quite right when he writes, "I don't think there is any
shortage of fora in which the events of September 11th can be freely and
fully discussed." Those of us who wish to discuss these events should
seek out a proper forum in which to do so.

Paul E. Doniger

P.S. In answer to Sam Small's questions:  "What ['Who' would be a more
precise word] exactly is a pacifist - and does it have any relevance to
Shakespeare's writing?" 1) I am, and 2) None that I can find, unless
we're discussing _Troilus and Cressida_ or the Henriad.

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From:           Steven Marx <
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Date:           Saturday, 22 Sep 2001 20:21:32 -0700
Subject: 12.2194 Regarding Editor's Decision
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2194 Regarding Editor's Decision

An article I wrote, entitled, "Shakespeare's Pacifism," which appeared
in _Renaissance Quarterly_ Spring 1992, addresses both questions.  It
can be accessed on the web at

http://cla.calpoly.edu/~smarx/Publications/pacifism.html

Steven Marx

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