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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0756  Thursday, 21 April 2005

[1]     From:   Julia Griffin <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 15:53:37 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0747  Public Insults

[2]     From:   Florence Amit <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 23:49:24 +0300
        Subj:   The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0747 Wednesday, 20 April 2005


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From:           Julia Griffin <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 15:53:37 -0400
Subject: 16.0747 Public Insults
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0747 Public Insults

Although I have less than no taste for the Talmudic Shakespeare theory,
I'm not happy with Larry Weiss's analogy.  Florence Amit expresses a
wish to "challenge" without "raucous hilarity"; Larry Weiss interprets
this first as a demand for "respectful hearing" for any "harebrained
assertion" and then as equivalent to a requirement to teach such an
assertion in a school.  But expressing a view in a public forum is not
the same as teaching it, and does not deserve the same level of
opposition.  Ms Amit is not teaching.  She just wants to speak.

I think we know that professional academics are inclined to be more
ferocious in their writing than they need to be.  Some people (mostly
other academics, and mostly men) enjoy this sort of thing.  Others don't
and are upset by it, especially if they see themselves as outsiders.  Do
we want to put people off in this way just in order to indulge our own
irritation?  After all, as Hardy keeps reminding us, we could just
delete messages we don't like ...

I prefer "harebrained" posts to insulting ones because I think they do
less harm.  I can't think I am alone in this.

Julia

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From:           Florence Amit <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 23:49:24 +0300
Subject: Conference: SHK 16.0747 Wednesday, 20 April 2005
Comment:        The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0747 Wednesday, 20 April 2005

I do not know what Larry Weiss is talking about. I have never claimed
that Shakespeare was a Jew.

My position is that when someone makes an aggressive attack against
someone who has views that do not sit well with the establishment that
person may be silenced although his views may be of some importance. So
then, who loses out?

Florence Amit

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