The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0268 Monday, 3 April 2006
Date: Sunday, 2 Apr 2006 19:33:54 EDT
Subject: 17.0202 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0202 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small
Latine & Lesse Gre...
I want to thank Ivan Lupic for letting us know where to read Baldwin on
line. I have found it very useful. But reading it has brought back to
mind a question that's nagged at me for some time, one that perhaps
members of this list may have the answer to. That is, was there a
political or cultural basis underlying the different 17C viewpoints
regarding Shakespeare's degree of learning, that is, the view that he
was an example of natural genius and the view that he had had sufficient
learning? For example, did the two points of view reflect a conflict
between those who were socially privileged (more learned) and those who
were more interested in championing democratic values? If this question
has been discussed, would someone please direct me to such discussion?
Thanks in advance.
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