The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.2009 Tuesday, 6 December 2005
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Subject: Staying Focused
I would like to try an experiment.
In the course of the discussion of a thread, respondents often pickup on
statements made by contributors and the thread takes a new direction. In
a post to follow on the "Shadowplay" thread, Bill Lloyd calls attention
to the phenomena when he strives to refocus the discussion back to the
The title of this thread is Shadowplay, but it seems as if the
discussion has taken a turn and become a general discussion of Was
Shakespeare and/or Hamlet and/or the Ghost a Catholic? "Not that there's
anything wrong with it" and not that it's completely irrelevant to
Shadowplay [though Hamlet the RC and his Purgatory have already occupied
a number of threads in SHAKSPER's history]. But has anyone read the book
Shadowplay? It's not just about WS being RC, it argues that there is a
thick layer of pro-Catholic allegory in most of his plays. Does anyone
find specific parts of this argument credible? incredible?
My habit of editing is NOT to change the thread's Subject when there is
such a change of direction; the reason is related to the way the
information of the website is stored and because frankly trying to keep
on top of every thread's change of direction is simply too much work for
me. So here is what I would like to try.
I would like those who have contributed to or are planning to contribute
to the following threads ["Gertrude-Ophelia"; "Lions and Tigers and
Wagers...oh my..."; "Shadowplay"; and "Living Characters"] to endeavor
to bring them all to a conclusion by Friday.
If you feel a burning, uncontrollable desire to say something else, then
I urge you to begin a new thread with a new Subject line that identifies
as precisely as possible the aspect of the discussion that you would
like to continue.
Indulge me please; I would like to see how this approach works.
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