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The Shrew and British Feminism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0234  Wednesday, 28 January 2004

[1]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2004 14:12:19 -0000
        Subj:   SHK 15.0208 The Shrew and British Feminism

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2004 13:23:39 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0208 The Shrew and British Feminism


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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Jan 2004 14:12:19 -0000
Subject: The Shrew and British Feminism
Comment:        SHK 15.0208 The Shrew and British Feminism

"It is a great illusion of literary analysis that we are writing about
the work more than about ourselves," writes Don Bloom. One might add -
"... or our cultural and economic contexts, etc, etc." But he continues,
"This is so grotesquely apparent in certain cranks, who feel obliged to
cram every work into the box of their own obsession, that we normal ones
(well, more or less) feel a spurious smugness. But the difference is
only one of degree."

If the difference is only one of degree (and I wholeheartedly agree with
him on this), then surely the "cranks" are the ones who are
acknowledging most honestly that their literary-critical readings can be
little more than articulations of their own psychological/ sexual/
gender/ economic/ cultural/ racial predilections, inasmuch as they don't
pretend to achieve the kind of universal judgements that "normal"
critics reflexively yearn for?

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Jan 2004 13:23:39 -0500
Subject: 15.0208 The Shrew and British Feminism
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0208 The Shrew and British Feminism

 >"What is this play really about?"

About two and a half hours.

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