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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2334  Thursday, 11 December 2003

From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Dec 2003 17:36:10 +0000
Subject: 14.2317 Shakespeare/Bakhtin : Bakhtin/Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2317 Shakespeare/Bakhtin : Bakhtin/Shakespeare

Dear All

Thanks for the suggestions about carnival and Shakespeare, some of which
I hadn't yet discovered, so that was very helpful.

However, I might not have made my question very clear.  Having read
books like Knowles's _Shakespeare and Carnival_, Bristol's _Carnival and
Theater_ and White & Stallybrass's _Politics and Poetics of
Transgression_, I find that, whilst the subject is carnival, the style
and form is of the fairly conventional academic type and not the kind of
polyphonic, topsy-turvy de-bunkery that the subject matter seems to
invite.  (That said, I have to admit that Bakhtin's own work is not
exactly packed with fart jokes.)  I think Dentith's argument was that
it's easier to write *about* carnival than to adopt it as a method.

It seems that Robert Shaughnessy's suggestion might be closest to what
I'm after.

Grateful thanks to all who replied.

Kathy Dent

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