The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1337 Tuesday, 22 June 2004
Date: Monday, 21 Jun 2004 08:22:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1331 The Murder of Gonzago
Comment: Re: SHK 15.1331 The Murder of Gonzago
Claude Caspar writes:
>"This sounds like a daydream you have of yourself, not
>what you do, what anyone does, a picture painted
>by Claude Lorrain... I prefer more Eros in daydreams."
Alas, Claude, I speak from over twenty years of professional experience,
not from dreams. Sadly, I have strictly to disregard my own personal
Eros in my work of interpreting between languages, or I fail in my task.
Eros expressed by the speaker or writer is a different matter; it is
that to which I must attend. Hermes is a strict taskmaster, but when we
respond to his direction he can lead us to an experience of what the
Greeks called ekstasis: the flight of the soul from the body, the
ecstatic experience of ego transcendance. Perhaps, Claude, you have
glimpsed my longing for Hermes, since I am no longer employed as an
interpreter. Yet still I tend to seek these experiences in my reading,
or my augury.
If you have experience professionally translating or interpreting
material from one language to another, I would very much like to hear
your ideas about hermeneutics and how your experience of the science
affects your reading of a play like "Hamlet."
As for me, I prefer to utilize the gleanings of my experience, rather
than to belabor my speculations about another person's experience.
Some of us engage in tasks which require certain thought processes.
Some of us read about those very processes and quote scholarship on the
subject. Others simply dream of them. We have a thread whose members
hail from backgrounds as diverse as psychology, literary studies,
translation, augury, perhaps acting or directing. And perhaps we have
an unparalleled opportunity to compare notes and see if we can approach
agreement on some of the more difficult questions posed by the play,
Hamlet. Can the groups engage in a meaningful dialogue? Can your dream
speak to my reality; or my thought process to your daydream?
Only when we engage with open minds.
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