2006

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0268  Monday, 3 April 2006

From: 		Bob Lapides <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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.

Bob Lapides

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