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Re: Seeing Things
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1243  Monday, 6 May 2002

From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Friday, 3 May 2002 12:37:29 -0400
Subject: Re: Seeing Things
Comment:        SHK 13.1148 Re: Seeing Things

My thanks to all those, both on and off list, who were kind enough to
respond to my query concerning vision and hearing in the early modern
period. It's confirmed my view that a modern post-industrial audience,
whose eyes and ears have for the most part been subjected  to
standardised corrective testing and treatment, tends collectively to
encounter something very different in the theatre from a Shakespearean
one. The degree to which, and the ways in which the plays were designed
to engage with such an audience should give us pause. How much longer
can we continue blithely to equate our experiences with theirs?

Terence Hawkes

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