The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1950  Tuesay, 24 September 2002

From:           Chris Whatmore <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 20 Sep 2002 20:14:11 +0100
Subject:        Pleading Ignorance

It might be useful for those of us (I assume I'm not the only one?) who
lost direct contact with the Academy after their first degree to
understand a little more about the schools of criticism represented on
the SHAKSPER list.  Among the latest posts, R. A. Cantrell warns against
the scourge of New Criticism, and there have been numerous references to
New Historicism, which sounds as if it might be the same thing but
probably isn't. I left university in 1979, having just got used to the
idea that great art was only great because the white male ruling class
said so. I assume things have moved on since then - either refining or
refuting that position - and would value a short summary of where we're
at now. Or, if that's too tedious a task, perhaps someone could point
the way to a book or paper that would quickly bring me up to date. This
is a genuine request - I'm very much enjoying SHAKSPER and would just
like to know more about the ideas and assumptions behind some of the
views expressed. Thanks.

Chris Whatmore

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