Traditionalist and Cultural materialist - Shakespeare

Different views on Shakespeare

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Ben Johnson: Shakespeare is not of an age but for all time.

Their values:

  • The artistic values of the play

  • The values taught by the play.

  • The universal appeal of Shakespeare.

The traditionalists see Shakespeare as a literary peak. Everyone is moved by Shakespeare and he has something of worth to tell everyone.

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Cultural materialists

Believe that texts are forged in the political and economic conditions of their time and we view them from our own political and economic positions.

They are not a transcendent form of beauty, wisdom and value.

Shakespeare is a success because of historical chance.

Cultural materialists would say that a text cannot speak to everyone.

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