The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0763 Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Date: Friday, 9 Nov 2007 15:33:18 -0500
Subject: Eight Hamlets
If anyone on this list has any interest, my book, Eight Hamlets, is now
available from lulu.com (pb:$14.95+shipping; download:$1.00). In another
month or so it should be up at Amazon. Here is the jacket copy:
The study of the humanities in our universities cries out for
revolutionary change. One rigorously intuitive, self-aware, determinedly
honest graduate student could start the ball rolling. This book should
supply some ammunition.
Pickled in jargon and preaching to the choir, so-called Theory floats
free of practice. Specialists enmeshed in esoteric superfluities fiddle
with abandon while Rome burns. Literature becomes the alleged possession
of an ever-shrinking coterie, until it dries up and blows away.
To bring the news of great art, and thought, to the public-and first of
all to students-should be the central purpose of education. To bring
great works to life, to show their vital relevance to our brief term on
earth, to excite, to challenge, to expand the mind, touch the heart and
feed the soul, to connect with other human beings, close to home and at
the ends of the earth: this is progress, and progress is possible.
This book proposes a direction of progress in the understanding of
Hamlet, by examining the interpretations of Bradley, Goddard, Jenkins,
Cavell, Bloom, Greenblatt and Garber. The eighth Hamlet, the point of
view I compare with the others', is mine.
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