2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0700  Thursday, 10 April 2003

[1]     From:   Edward Pixley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Apr 2003 08:38:01 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0681 Re: Best Essays

[2]     From:   Michael Shurgot <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Apr 2003 11:53:49 -0700
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.0691 Re: Best Essays


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From:           Edward Pixley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 9 Apr 2003 08:38:01 -0400
Subject: 14.0681 Re: Best Essays
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0681 Re: Best Essays

Thomas de Quincey's "On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth" is surely
one of the truly seminal essays of Shakespeare criticism.

Ed Pixley

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From:           Michael Shurgot <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 9 Apr 2003 11:53:49 -0700
Subject: 14.0691 Re: Best Essays
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.0691 Re: Best Essays

Dear Colleagues:

In thinking about the 2 essays I proposed for the list of 10 best, I
realized that I omitted any mention of why I proposed them. Therefore:
1) Frye's is an essential framework for approaching the comedies, and it
is also quite useful in teaching the comedies; or, better perhaps, as
the beginning of an approach to the comedies, much as the introductory
chapters are in C. L Barber's Festive Comedy. 2) I propose Hunter's
essay on Hamlet because of its methodology: probing, as he does
throughout the book, the cultural tension created by religious conflicts
in late 16th century England, and then applying this tension rigorously
to the text of the play.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
Michael Shurgot

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