The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0284 Thursday, 15 July 2010
From: Harry Rusche <
Date: July 12, 2010 7:08:56 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0278 Microhistory
Comment: RE: SHK 21.0278 Microhistory
>At the risk of exhuming old topics, may I draw attention to an
>article entitled 'Shakespeare Studies, Presentism, and
>Micro-History' in Cahiers Elisabethains, 76 (Autumn 2009), 35-43.
>It offers a critique of 'presentism' and recommends 'Microhistory'
>as the bastard offspring of new historicism. And it also gives a
>few details regarding a Thomas Kyd, hiding under Mrs.
>Gildserson's bed, in 1578.
I have nothing to say about "micro-history" (whatever that is), but Terence
Hawkes and Hugh Grady converted me to presentism and I hope the article has
something positive to say about it. My students respond positively (in fact,
enthusiastically) to presentism and it gave my courses a truly inspiring new
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