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Re: Conflicts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1549  Tuesday, 19 June 2001

[1]     From:   Abigail Quart <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Jun 2001 15:27:15 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.1538 Re: Conflicts

[2]     From:   Mari Bonomi <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Jun 2001 22:00:15 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1538 Re: Conflicts


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From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Jun 2001 15:27:15 -0400
Subject: 12.1538 Re: Conflicts
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.1538 Re: Conflicts

"Only by reducing a modern conflict to one of the cardinal conflicts
which Shakespeare is supposed to have dramatized (about greed, or
jealousy, or ambition, say) can this position make any sense, but at the
cost of draining all historical, political, and culture specificity from
Shakespeare."

No, honey, it doesn't work that way. The trick of writing universally
(pay close attention) is to be as specific as possible. <i>The more
specific you are, the more universal you become.</i> That's why we still
find meaning in Shakespeare 400 years after his death.

Now, if you want to write specifically about the conflict between the
"US government and the developing world over greenhouse gas" (rather
than the general way you have phrased it) perhaps someone will be
reading and finding meaning in your work in 400 years.

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From:           Mari Bonomi <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Jun 2001 22:00:15 -0400
Subject: 12.1538 Re: Conflicts
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1538 Re: Conflicts

Gabriel Egan posts, <<Those who understand the twentieth-century
colonization of Palestine by Zionists are well equipped to understand
the twelve- and sixteenth-century colonizations of Ireland, and indeed
Irish republicans do identify common experiences and aspirations with
Arabs who were moved during Israel's periodic ethnic cleansings >>

Without getting into a political discussion about Zionism, let me just
say that there are at least two very different takes on the
Palestinian/Israeli question, in terms of who moved whom and why.

Perhaps we can keep such hotbutton topics out of these discussions if
only to avoid losing sight of the key elements in the fog of political
passions?

Mari Bonomi

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