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Developments in the Field
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1821  Friday, 4 November 2005

[1] 	From: 	JD Markel <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 3 Nov 2005 17:48:00 -0800 (PST)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1817 Grafton Portrait

[2] 	From: 	David Schalkwyk <
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	Date: 	Friday, 4 Nov 2005 10:47:43 +0200
	Subj: 	Biography and Historicism


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From: 		JD Markel <
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Date: 		Thursday, 3 Nov 2005 17:48:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 16.1817 Grafton Portrait
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1817 Grafton Portrait

Richard Burt writes: "Just trying to make sense of some developments in 
the field."

The increase in films from about 1990 has causes (among many) 1. The 
increasing wealth in East Asian markets who embrace Shakespeare films. 
  2. Studios' obsession with remakes, a hedge tactic on high capital 
risks and employment status: no one has ever been fired for 
green-lighting a Shakespeare film.  3.  The name Shakespeare has, to say 
the least, high visibility - though why the marketers of "Titus" avoided 
any mention of Shakespeare in their promotions is a mystery to me.

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Richard Burt raises some pertinent questions about the new historicism, 
Greenblatt in particular, and the turn to biography, ending with the 
comment "Just trying to make sense of some developments in the field". 
I try to make sense of this development in a review article called 
"Shakespeare's Ghosts" in the forthcoming issue of *Shakespeare*.  I'd 
be interested to see if anyone either agrees with me or has any critical 
comments.  It should be out in a month or so.

David Schalkwyk

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