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SHAKSPER Roundtable Postmortem
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0323  Tuesday, 8 May 2007

From: 		Cary DiPietro <
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Date: 		Monday, 30 Apr 2007 11:19:56 -0400
Subject: 	SHAKSPER Roundtable Postmortem

In the final installment of the Presentism Roundtable, John Drakakis 
opines:

>"I was a little disappointed in that the round-table never quite got down
>to dealing with the conceptual framework of 'Presentism'... Nobody so far 
as
>I recall, raised the question of writing history, and of writing 
different
>kinds of history, or of dealing with the business of historiography and 
its
>protocols... I raise this, because unless and until we engage with this
>issue then 'Presentism' falls back into a domesticated version of the
>Derridean preoccupation with the future."

I'm not suggesting that I did a very good job there, but I did at least 
raise the issue of history as a narrative structure in one of the first of 
the Roundtable digests, precisely with a view to stimulating discussion 
about conceptual frameworks for Presentism:

http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0091.html

The post was unnecessarily long, or perhaps it was the spectre of Jameson 
that scared him off. In any case, I would refer John to an article 
recently published in the journal _Shakespeare_ (3:1, March 2007) that 
offers a more cogent exploration of presentism and historical narrative 
precisely in this vein:

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g776352430~db=all

Shameless self-promotion, I know, but topical nonetheless...

Cary DiPietro

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