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JC and Good Night, and Good Luck
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1973  Wednesday, 30 November 2005

From: 		Bill Arnold <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 29 Nov 2005 19:57:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 16.1960 JC and Good Night, and Good Luck
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1960 JC and Good Night, and Good Luck

Richard Burt writes, "I assume that many members of this listserv 
interested in Shakespeare and performance will find my posts of interest 
and use. I assume that members of this listserv who do not share these 
interests will simply delete my posts."

Al Magary writes, "Mr. Burt...seems to me that he renders a useful 
albeit non-comprehensive service to the Shakespeare community with 
periodic posts about Sh. references in popular culture-'Shakespop,' in 
someone else's nice word.  Any individual post may not be terribly 
valuable but in sum, as found in the list archives, they are as valuable 
as the total discussion in threads about, say, interpretation.  It is 
rare for the individual post about everyone's favorite bundle of 
complexities, Hamlet, to be remarkably valuable, but the thread can be 
informative."

Both Richard Burt and Al Magary make the stated point about SHAKSPER: it 
is for us, Shakespeareans.  And we, as a cosmopolitan group, worldwide, 
are diverse: scholars, students, actors/directors, readers, audience 
members-sophisticats [sic] and groundlings.  Thus, I agree that there 
are two extreme reactions in our membership of *all* posts: review and: 
delete, or read in depth, and save, or also delete.  After all, Hardy 
thinks enough to post *all* posts and save them in his archives, 
otherwise we would not see them.  Are we not hypocrites if we suddenly, 
and of late, *doubt* our Master?

I have stated that, according to script I read oft quoted in all sorts 
of media, that Hamlet the play and Hamlet the character is the most 
quoted and most debated work and speaker in literature, next to, of 
course, scripture [which is of another whole cloth].

What does this say?  What it says to me is that Shakespeare is at the 
heart of SHAKSPER with cause.  And, yes, deserved of our attention: 
scholars, students, actors/directors, readers, audience 
members-sophisticats [sic] and groundlings.  Let us *not* censor or 
prejudge, lest we *not* discover something new about Shakespeare.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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