The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2406 Friday, 19 December 2003
Date: Thursday, 18 Dec 2003 18:10:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Shaksper Hornbook 101: Reading assignment
A humble suggestion:
For new members of the Shaksper list I would suggest going to the
Shaksper search option and reading the thread on Julie Taymor's movie
"Titus" back in November 2000, as an excellent intro into the
intricacies and protocols of posting on this list.
It's all there: Moderation, as well as immoderation, examples of
forceful opinions (lettered and unlettered), Hollywood movie glamour,
gloves off, horns out, informed, educated, yet touching on Pop culture
habiliments, subtle and the not so subtle and all of it heartfelt.
Opinions and bombast blow in as well as incisive cool breezes from
various entrenched and detachable intellectual positions, all nuances
are considered apparently; with posters in full rhetorical flight
tickling the keyboards like a cyber-Paderewskis; each is soothing,
chiding, clarifying the extenuating, -- according to their own
Even Hardy pipes in personally on occasion:
"As one who has gone on record as claiming that Taymor's TITUS may be
the finest Shakespeare FILM ever made and as one who has a strong
aversion to making any claims about authorial intentions,...."
And finally as things heat to a feverish pitch, many posters are
charmingly found to be bandying about the Hardy name with
apotropaion-like earnestness as they foretoken thoughts of final
judgement in their posts. I tell you -- It doesn't get much better than
At least Hardy never publicly declared to anyone yet (as far as I know,
I'm still an ephebe here) in the words of Holofernes:
Thou disputest like an infant: go, whip thy gig.
Circum circa to All.
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