2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1076  Wednesday, 4 June 2003

From:           Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 3 Jun 2003 13:19:34 -0400
Subject: Re: Hamlet and Grebanier
Comment:        SHK 14.1064 Re: Hamlet and Grebanier

What Bill Arnold fails to grasp is that however strong our resolve to
'stick with the text, and deal with it contextually' (whatever that
means), there is absolutely no chance that we will be able, as a result,
to come into contact with 'the play Will Shakespeare wrote'. The past,
and its art, are just not available to us in those simple terms.
Indeed, for all his scorn concerning what he misleadingly calls 'some
schools of New Criticism', his insistent reduction of 'Hamlet' to a kind
of Ibsen-and-water study of the Prince's 'character' and motivation
strikes me as decidedly modern. Perhaps the truth is that Bill Arnold,
to say nothing of poor Grebanier, is some sort of presentist. Like
everyone.

T. Hawkes

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