The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0997 Sunday, 12 November 2006
Date: Sunday, 12 Nov 2006 02:16:14 -0000
Subject: Shakespeare Wars
Ron Rosenbaum refers to James Shapiro's 1599 as 'self-interest behind a
scrim of academic hauteur.' Walter Kirn congratulates Rosenbaum for
putting his head above the parapet in order to speak to the general
reader. Stephen Greenblatt writes the popularist 'maybe' Will in the
World. Alistair Fowler demolishes Greenblatt on woefully weak scholarly
details. New historicism at this stage is taking on the boundaries of
Brian Vickers computes lines to Fletcher: 'No, I have not read Marlowe
but I feel Marlowe meant . . ." And sui generis, on the populist front
Jonathan Bate, Ted Hughes et al.
Particularly, we learn from Greenblatt that Shakespeare's message on his
tombstone relates to his dislike of his wife. Here I agree with Fowler,
his what-ifs, maybes, possibilities let down his scholarship badly.
Shakespeare's 'Curs'd be he etc' is in a Renaissance tradition which is
akin to Erasmus whose Holbein-designed seal 'Concedi Nulli' echoes the
Platonic 'Remove not what thou has not planted.' Shakespeare's misogyny
a la Greenblatt is not fit for argument. Still he sold a lot of books.
Scholarship, speculation, critical/creative writing?
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