The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0757 Friday, 9 November 2007
From: John Drakakis <
Date: Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 14:39:26 -0000
Subject: 18.0750 Presentism
Comment: RE: SHK 18.0750 Presentism
We seem to be regressing (again)!
I don't know where you are getting your information from Joe but how
'Presentism' as a way of engaging both with the past and the present
represents a 'knife aimed at the heart of scholarship as a cognitive
enterprise' can be sustained as an intellectual position defeats any
Why it should then be likened to 'formalism' by R.A. Cantrell is also
puzzling, since (even if it were true) as we all know from Roland
Barthes a little formalism takes you away from history but a lot of it
brings you back to history.
Perhaps those who possess them could put their dictionaries of
sloganising aside, and maybe we could have an intelligent debate that
would actually get us somewhere.
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