The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0221 Friday, 30 March 2007
Date: Monday, 26 Mar 2007 19:33:33 -0400
Subject: SHAKSPER Roundtable: Presentism
There was just one post to the Presentism Roundtable this week-a brief
reply to David Lindley's reply to his earlier post by Ewan Fernie. This
slow-down reinforces my view that it is time to end the Roundtable.
Accordingly, I invite all who wish to register an opinion or point about
Presentism and related issues to post it to SHAKSPER between now and
Apr. 6. After a brief pause for the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare
Association of America from Apr. 4 through Apr. 7, we will post the last
offerings sometime the week of Apr. 9. Depending on the number of final
posts, I will offer some valedictory remarks on the conclusions and
lessons to be gained from this first attempt at a Shaksper Roundtable,
either at that time or the following week.
For me at least this Roundtable has been an interesting activity, and
before deciding on proceeding with another, clearly we should take the
time to examine and discuss the "Presentism" experience, its successes
and failures, as well as the benefits and shortcomings of having such a
forum on SHAKSPER.
In the meantime, please send in any final thoughts as Hugh Grady has
invited. And those who will be attending the SAA in San Diego have a
wonderful conference. I regret that circumstances are such that I will
not be able to attend this year.
Of course David Lindley's right to emphasise that reading historical
texts involves doing some history. I hadn't really meant to disagree
with him in my first posting. Given his reply, I'd simply add that I
believe too much history in recent academic criticism has seriously
obscured literature-as-it's-experienced as an important territory of
critical thought. And yes, that's a partly moral sentiment, as is
Lindley's declared responsibility to the historicity of literature
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