The responses to my post on Shakespeare have been interesting, and deserve response. Despite the predictable component of, shall we say, disagreement, most seem to agree on one thing: Shakespeare's language requires, at this distance from Elizabethan times, considerable effort to process in real time during performance. No one would expect modern English speakers to rise to the "challenge" of Beowulf (Old English) or Chaucer (Earlyish Middle).
Lawrence Levine & Clifford Geertz, R.i.p.
October 31, 2006
by David GreenbergTwo scholars I admire have passed away: Lawrence Levine last week and Clifford Geertz yesterday. I link to their obituaries here and here.