Saturday, May 17, 2008

Regarding Shakespeare

Slate's Ron Rosenbaum write:
Perhaps the single most important controversy among academics not mired in the now-antiquated discredited French farce of deconstructionism is the question of what kind of writer Shakespeare was. Was he the devil-may-care wastrel of Shakespeare in Love, who sent his manuscripts off to the playhouse and then fell to wenching? Or, as a highly influential group of textual scholars have argued, did he care enough about his work as literature to carefully revise some of his most famous works? The latter side of the case is most comprehensively argued by Lukas Erne in Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist. Did he return to Hamlet for instance to make changes large and small that cumulatively give us two or more versions of that play (and Lear, too)? More here.


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