The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2147  Tuesday, 29 October 2002

From:           D Bloom <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Oct 2002 09:17:32 -0600
Subject: 13.2138 Re: More about "Julius Caesar"
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2138 Re: More about "Julius Caesar"

L. Swilley comments:

>We must distinguish an "audience" that is on the stage and therefore a
>character in the plot of the play, from the *audience* that witnesses
>the whole play with its internal "audience".  The *audience* cannot be
>part of the play *as character* unless the playwright surrenders his
>control of the plot to each of the many-minded group that watches his
>play and intends that each "reading" given by each member of the
>*audience* is to become, itself, a factor to be incorporated into the
>work, each separate "reading" to be a proper gloss on each of the play's
>events, and that gloss to be understood by all who view this growing
>calculus.  This is utterly impossible.

Not that I disagree, but I thought that the Supreme Soviet of
well-endowed English professors had long since decreed that playwrights
(as authors) don't really exist, have no control of their texts (which
also, perhaps, don't exist), and have no identifiable intentions (hardly
surprising if neither they nor their texts exist).

I thought this credo has just been reasserted, and all deviant views
once more branded as heretical.

Just wondering.


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