The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0430  Tuesday, 22 July 2008

From:       John E. Perry <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Monday, 21 Jul 2008 01:33:30 -0400
Subject: 19.0421 RT: Shakespeare's Intentions Reactions
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0421 RT: Shakespeare's Intentions Reactions

Hardy M. Cook wrote:

 >[Editor's Note: Let me interrupt here to solicit suggestions for
 >Roundtable #3. What would you, John, and other non-Shakespearean members
 >of the list like to study in depth in the Roundtable format?

Hm. The question of presentism came out of a clear blue sky for me; while I had 
heard matters of this sort discussed before, I hadn't known that there were 
lines drawn and sides joined in battle over the question. That revelation was 
one of the minor benefits of the first Roundtable for me.

The idea that we couldn't really know the true intent of the author was present 
in some of my education and studies, but I'd never heard an intensive discussion 
of the matter, and some of my ideas and opinions were refined by the second 

Both of these were matters I could never have raised on my own, and I hesitate 
to try to come up with any, now. But Professor Urkowitz's idea that 
Shakespeare's progress in developing his plays can be traced through the quartos 
is intriguing. And, since I understand from comments made during the discussions 
that his idea was either dismissed without refutation or simply ignored, it 
seems that, handled well, this topic could make Shaksper a research forum, more 
than just a discussion forum (I emphasize _just_ as opposed to _merely_).

 >... And once again, my congratulations
 >and sincerest thanks to Cary DiPietro for a job well done. -Hardy]

And mine, and belatedly to Professor Grady.

[Editor's Note: And I too repeat my congratulations for a job well done to Hugh. 

John Perry

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