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A Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0156  Saturday, 17 February 2007

[1] 	From: 	Joseph Egert <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 23:38:38 +0000
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 18.0151 A Question

[2] 	From: 	David Lindley <
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	Date: 	Friday, 16 Feb 2007 00:04:25 -0000
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 18.0151 A Question


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From: 		Joseph Egert <
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Date: 		Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 23:38:38 +0000
Subject: 18.0151 A Question
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0151 A Question

The eminence vive of Cardiff has struck again, with delicious irony (and 
a suppressed wish, perhaps):

  >To meet the point I have arranged, by
  >magical means, that the following passage will immediately appear in
  >all past, current and future editions of my Shakespeare in the
  >Present.

But Professor, should we expect less? How does it go: "He who controls 
the present..."   Careful, Professor. In the now-to-come, you may yet 
rue what you have wrought. How long before your jazz riffs turn to 
noise, your descants to midnight chimes? Will it be too late then for 
redemption? Will we still care what we leave behind? Once again, Terry 
Hawkes, how many fingers?

As for John Drakakis, I urge those still interested to review the 
interchange and discover who has labeled whom "reactionary" (a confusion 
of identities?), who has refused and still refuses to define said label, 
  who has refused and still refuses to clarify what he means by 
"Enlightenment" and now "liberal" and "conservative"---yet more floating 
signifiers. Does Babel approach, or has it already arrived?

Regards from the bridge,
Joe Egert

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From: 		David Lindley <
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Date: 		Friday, 16 Feb 2007 00:04:25 -0000
Subject: 18.0151 A Question
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0151 A Question

Quoting John Drakakis: '"presentism" is a relatively new concept'

Well, it's a new name, or label, anyway - how far the concept is 
actually 'new' is something we might debate in the roundtable 
discussion. (Which is where I would have thought quite a lot of the 
comments on this thread might profitably have been sent.)

David Lindley

[Editor's Note:

As David Lindley notes above, many of the comments that have appeared in 
this thread more properly belong in the Roundtable discussion, a 
sentiment I expressed as well a few days ago. In fact, I have convinced 
one poster this week to permit his remarks to be included in the 
upcoming Roundtable digest. True, Roundtable digests arrive only once 
per week as opposed to three to fives times per week, but for the time 
being I urge patience. Should the once per week format not turn out to 
be appropriate, I will reconsider Roundtable procedures. One of the many 
reasons for weekly distribution is not to over-burden the Guest 
Moderator, a volunteer who remains an active scholar-professor.

As for me, editing the daily digests has become an inextricable part of 
my life, granted a very time consuming part of it that has impacted 
negatively on my own scholarly output but a sacrifice I have been 
willing to make for a long time now.

I have considered on numerous occasions adding another feature to 
SHAKSPER: a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly Dump-on-Post-Modernism 
Session. The idea would be that every Thursday or every other Thursday, 
for example, I would, after issuing an ongoing invitation to do so, 
gather all posts that express a distain for any critical or theoretical 
approach that has been employed since the mid-1960s. Such a feature 
would provide an outlet for those who are frustrated with the current 
state of academic discourse to vent. -HMC]

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