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Shakespeare's Personal Faith
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0608  Thursday, 31 March 2005

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Mar 2005 13:45:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0594 Shakespeare's Personal Faith

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Thursday, 31 Mar 2005 05:35:56 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 16.0594 Shakespeare's Personal Faith


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Mar 2005 13:45:48 -0500
Subject: 16.0594 Shakespeare's Personal Faith
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0594 Shakespeare's Personal Faith

 >Gerard Hopkins?

Gerard Manley Hopkins doesn't count, any more than Mary Baker Eddy,
Aimee Semple MacPherson or David Basch.

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 31 Mar 2005 05:35:56 -0500
Subject: Shakespeare's Personal Faith
Comment:        SHK 16.0594 Shakespeare's Personal Faith

We can know a great deal about what a text says. We cannot know the
degree to which a text establishes, guarantees or gives access to what
its author personally believes.  For one thing, how could the truth of
such a claim ever, with certainty, be proved?  For another, it leaves
entirely out of account the act of writing itself which, far from
transparently giving utterance to the writer's innermost state of mind,
notoriously imposes its own bending, shaping devices upon it. Whatever
authors think, writing also writes. In the case of Shakespeare, this
means that whilst it may be profitable at any crucial point to ask what
the play is saying, it is both pointless and naive to ask what the Bard
is thinking or believing. As for speculation about the beliefs or
thoughts of specific characters in the play, that remains the last
resort of a long-discredited realism, the bane of our depleted culture.

T. Hawkes

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