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New Portrait of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0172  Tuesday, 21 April 2009

From:       Conrad Geller <
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Date:       Tuesday, 14 Apr 2009 02:20:25 +0800
Subject: 20.0168 New Portrait of Shakespeare
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0168 New Portrait of Shakespeare

 >The Rosenbaum article is indeed excellent, particularly in his musing
 >on ambiguity, which I don't find discussed enough:
 >
 >"An artist who, in every pun and double-entendre expressed a delight
 >in the way ambiguity (not fuzziness but an array of carefully 
counter-posed
 >alternative possibilities) deepens and enriches our appreciation of 
what we
 >would otherwise think of as the strict single-mindedness of reality."
 >
 >Those who enjoyed his analysis should also be sure to read Simon
 >Palfrey's Doing Shakespeare, which includes a chapter called "Do
 >They Do It?: Sex and the Heroines", in which he makes a persuasive
 >argument that Shakespeare deliberately leads us to wonder about
 >whether sex is happening, and frustrates our hope of knowing for
 >sure either way.
 >
 >Rosenbaum's theory regarding Partridge was also charming.
 >
 >Regards,
 >Anna Kamaralli

Rosenbaum's most important point isn't even about Shakespeare but about 
the relevance of biography to interpretation. Shakespeare's sexuality is 
no more useful in knowing what Hamlet is about than is Rush Limbaugh's 
political views. This article should give pause to those teachers of 
literature whose first approach to a work is to turn away from the text 
and project slides of the author's birthplace.


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