The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1015  Wednesday, 16 June 1999.

From:           J. H. McWilliams <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 1999 14:38:45 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Tangent to Byron Comment
Comment:        SHK 10.1006 Tangent to Byron Comment

>But Byron lives on the internet.
>Perhaps the classics will survive in the form of subcultural phenomena.

I think this is the kind of world Bloom envisages (Western Canon amongst
other places). I think he is torn between loving the idea of a literary
elite reading texts properly but illicitly (deliberately against, in
other words, the 'resenters' and their impoverished, politically correct
readings - there really is something of the gleefully naughty schoolboy
in Bloom, is there not?) and hating what he sees as the marginalisation
of these awe-inspiring works. Your idea of the literary elite existing
on the internet might provoke a futher Bloomian dilemma, of course,
after his silly vision in The WC of what Geroge Eliot might make of 'MTV
rap and virtual reality' (or some such inaccurate conflation of yoof
cultures). GE, would be, of course, wonderfully dismissive of such
nonsense. But if  GE lives on only in virtual reality, then she might be
in danger ironise herself out of existence with Bloom's blessing...

Who is this Byron, by the way? I'm doing research on Shakespeare. Is
he/she as good as him?

John McWilliams

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