The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1477 Monday, 21 July 2003
Date: Sunday, 20 Jul 2003 03:27:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.1470 Bloom on Hamlet
Comment: Re: SHK 14.1470 Bloom on Hamlet
>He's interviewed, knowledgably and entertainingly by
>in The Atlantic's online site:
>The following suffices as a summary:
>Q: With a play like Hamlet...
>A: The "like" is fascinating. There is no play like
And why pray tell could not the following serve as a summary?
You know, the term "philology" originally meant indeed a love of
learning-a love of the word, a love of literature. I think the more
profoundly people love and understand literature, the less likely they
are to be supercilious, to feel that somehow they know more than the
poems, stories, novels, and epics actually know.
Rather one Harold Bloom than a thousand Derridae. No Theory has ever
helped me understand Shakespeare. I'm currently finishing up Who Killed
Shakespeare? by Patrick Brantlinger: subtitled What's happened to
English since the Radical Sixties. I still have Baudrillard's cynical
reasoning and the end of history to look forward to.
Thanks for the link Al,
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