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Re: Renaissance Audiences
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1540  Wednesday, 30 July 2003

From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003 13:36:46 +0100
Subject: 14.1534 Re: Renaissance Audiences
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1534 Re: Renaissance Audiences

Bob Haas writes:

>I do NOT want to begin a racial debate here, but I'm a touch dismayed
>that a participant on the list assumes (apparently) that only African
>American persons shaped the revival meeting phenomenon.  Such an
>assumption smacks of remarkable ignorance.  What makes the American
>experience so rich is the contributions of many differing cultures to
>common cultural phenomenon ... ones that sometimes cross even racial
>barriers.

Bob, if you know more about this than I do, of course I admit that my
remark was a bit generalised.  However, I believe that the 'revival
meeting phenomenon' has much in common with the churches in the African
diaspora (I am more familiar with those in the Anglophone Caribbean than
with those in the US).  I was making a point about dominant rather than
exclusive influences.  However, I hold to my opinion that the jump from
an Elizabethan British theatre audience to a modern American revivalist
one is a bit odd.

Kathy Dent

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