The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0763  Tuesday, 13 November 2007

From:		David Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Friday, 9 Nov 2007 15:33:18 -0500
Subject:	Eight Hamlets

If anyone on this list has any interest, my book, Eight Hamlets, is now 
available from lulu.com (pb:$14.95+shipping; download:$1.00). In another 
month or so it should be up at Amazon. Here is the jacket copy:

The study of the humanities in our universities cries out for 
revolutionary change. One rigorously intuitive, self-aware, determinedly 
honest graduate student could start the ball rolling. This book should 
supply some ammunition.

Pickled in jargon and preaching to the choir, so-called Theory floats 
free of practice. Specialists enmeshed in esoteric superfluities fiddle 
with abandon while Rome burns. Literature becomes the alleged possession 
of an ever-shrinking coterie, until it dries up and blows away.

To bring the news of great art, and thought, to the public-and first of 
all to students-should be the central purpose of education. To bring 
great works to life, to show their vital relevance to our brief term on 
earth, to excite, to challenge, to expand the mind, touch the heart and 
feed the soul, to connect with other human beings, close to home and at 
the ends of the earth: this is progress, and progress is possible.

This book proposes a direction of progress in the understanding of 
Hamlet, by examining the interpretations of Bradley, Goddard, Jenkins, 
Cavell, Bloom, Greenblatt and Garber. The eighth Hamlet, the point of 
view I compare with the others', is mine.

Best wishes,
David Bishop

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