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Re: Authorial Intention
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2057  Friday, 11 October 2002

[1]     From:   R.A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Oct 2002 09:07:21 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention

[2]     From:   R. Schmeeckle <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Oct 2002 08:51:27 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention

[3]     From:   John Zuill <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Oct 2002 18:34:57 -0300
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From:           R.A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Oct 2002 09:07:21 -0500
Subject: 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention

>> For the benefit of those of us not initiated into the language of the
>> ongoing discussion over "un/recoverable" authorial intentions, let me
>> ask
>
> Alan Bloom is good person to ask this sort question. His Fashionable
> Nonsense and his website are very informative.

Mea culpa. I meant Alan Sokal. This was not a disingenuous rhetorical
move nor clumsy pedagogical device, just a dumb mistake.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Oct 2002 08:51:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention

>Perhaps, but Isaiah Berlin has commented that modern philosophies
>failure to answer Hume's devastating critique of the notion of Personal
>Identity is "...the scandal of modern philosophy." James' origination of

Did you say "Hume's" devastating critique...?

     Roger

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Date:           Thursday, 10 Oct 2002 18:34:57 -0300
Subject: 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2048 Re: Authorial Intention

>Isn't it central to Shakespeare studies that so many
>have found characteristic of his unique nature his lack of definition,
>of fixity, of, dare I say, personal identity?

Yes. I heartily agree. To hell with character development.  To hell with
wordy dialogue simply written to establish personality as if people were
places or buildings that get designed to be knocked down with the
wrecking ball of plot. Bill will have none of it!  All will be strange
and beautiful! Nothing shall go according to plan! Identity is a morbid
nightmare! Hollywood is a soporific! Everything looks better upside
down!

John Zuill

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