The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0280  Wednesday, 17 February 1999.

From:           Brian Haylett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 19:36:05 -0000
Subject:        Re: Is Oedipus Rex a Psychodrama?

Clifford Stetner writes: Although you are free to choose to dispense
with ancient literary theory (or, frankly, dispense with whatever you
like; this is not a textual criticism conference), the Elizabethans did
not.  It was a part of the renaissance they felt to be deserved.

Yep, fair enough. You were just the last of several writers who diverted
the subject, so far as I am concerned. I don't mind you having a concept
of a social aspect to the play, but I wasn't talking about that at the
time. Put it down to frustration that no responses at all were textual,
which I suppose is the way Shakespeare is handled in universities in
recent years. I also felt disappointed that a Conference of this size
should be so hung up on Clinton references and Psalm 46 games. Must be
me. The discussion of the learning of Elizabethan audiences is much more

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