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Presentism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0757  Friday, 9 November 2007

From:		John Drakakis <
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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 
rational mind.

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.

Cheers,
John Drakakis

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