The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0919 Tuesday, 2 April 2002
Date: Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 07:10:19 -0500
Subject: Towards a New Dunciad
Since some listmembers have failed to grasp my points, let me summarize
1. The plays are masterpieces; the films are not; and the plays and the
films are not interchangeable.
2. Professors of English Literature have no special competence to
expound films. They cannot speak of directing, acting, editing,
scoring, costume design, production design or cinematography with any
professional knowledge or authority.
3. Whatever the angle or perspective, no matter how approached or how
viewed, these movies aren't good enough or important enough to be the
subject of an academic discipline. Scholars who devote attention to
them are wasting their time; those who give courses in them are
students of a proper education; those who publish books and articles on
them are contributing to the decline of academic, intellectual and
artistic standards. They are hastening the reign of Universal Darkness.
4. Shakespeare on Film is a sham, and the economics of academia cannot
justify its perpetuation.
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