The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0415  Tuesday, 12 February 2002

From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 12 Feb 2002 00:42:56 -0500
Subject: 13.0392 Re: Shakespeare's The Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0392 Re: Shakespeare's The Tempest

> Prospero upsets this political economy
> by bringing capitalist thinking to the island, which seems to have
> informed the "language" that Miranda has taught Caliban to use: "what
> Caliban has learned from Milan strangely mirrors a principal index of
> civilized life, the practice of linking language with possession and a
> desire to measure, to acquire, and to possess", Jordan argues, drawing
> attention to his first knowledge of natural light as "bigger" and
> "less," and the "profit" of cursing that he has derived from language

What unmitigated pap!  Does Jordan really suggest that Caliban could not
recognize the different magnitudes of the sun and moon before Prospero
came?  All Caliban says is that Prospero taught him the names of the
celestial objects.

Tell me, please, those that know:  Is it un-Marxist to suggest that the
sun is bigger and brighter than the moon, or a rush candle?  Do such
ideas of quantitative relativism lead insidiously to the notion that an
entrepreneur might possible make a more valuable contribution than a

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