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Re: Hall's Chronicle
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0816  Friday, 15 March 2002

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Mar 2002 22:22:46 -0500
Subject: 13.07398 Re: Hall's Chronicle
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.07398 Re: Hall's Chronicle

One of David Lodge's characters invents a game, Humiliation (no doubt
with an echo of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"?); players confess to
not having read some book that everybody's supposed to have read, and
the most egregious failure wins. He's not clear about all the rules, but
I've supposed that you extend the game beyond round one by doing
categories-C19 novels or primal works of postmodern theory.  (It was no
doubt a better game before they expanded/discarded the canon.)  In
Shakespearean circles, *Hamlet* wins hands down, but as R. A. Cantrell
has just demonstrated, *The Union of the Two Noble and Illustrate
Families etc*, in its entirety, is a distant also-ran.  So what?  Seems
to me it's time for Mr. Cantrell to disclose his darker purpose.

In all humility,
Dave Evett

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