The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1665 Thursday, 29 September 2005
[Editor's Note: It seems to me that this thread has reached its useful
life and further discussion should be conducted offline.]
Date: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2005 01:25:56 EDT
Subject: 16.1640 Caliban's Father
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1640 Caliban's Father
What strikes me about this thread is how much Joe Egert sounds like
someone I believe he's taken issue with, David Basch.
In Egert's first post, after listing all the theological anagrams he's
worked out from the character list of The Tempest, he asks, "All
coincidence?" Where have we heard that line before? And, when
challenged, he suggests that Shakespeare is a special case, a "Myriad
Man" who is likely to have intended any meanings that might be
attributed to him.
Basch, of course, goes beyond the standard belletristic search for
wordplay and anagrams in applying interpretive methods to Shakespeare's
texts that even in Jewish mysticism are traditionally reserved for the
revealed word of God. But while this is going too far for most of us,
many do share with him an obliviousness to the banality of coincidence
and a belief that Shakespeare's works or canonical literary works in
general are not subject to normal interpretive constraints.
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