Normally, I try to make a point of responding to comments left on my blog individually. I think it’s important to treat each one as if it were part of an on-going conversation and never, ever to take them for granted. However, this time I’m making an exception because if I were to do that where my last post is concerned I would be simply writing the same thing over and over again and that would be a great big
As you might imagine, my confidence had taken something of a beating but each one of you has helped to soften the blow and many of you have offered me new ways of thinking about what it is I want to achieve and how I intend to go about doing it. Not the least, you have made me question whether or not working through official academic channels is the most productive way forward. Reading through some of the comments that have been left on this and other blogs in recent weeks has brought home to me just how many active thinkers about literature there are in the blogging world, thinkers who are not necessarily aligned to any academic institution but who, nevertheless, offer discussions every bit as insightful and penetrating as those that might be offered by readers bound by the strictures of funding councils and academic league tables
As a result, I am going to follow Theseus’s advice to Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and ‘take time to pause’ in order to think about how else I might forward either this project or one other that I have had in mind for some time primarily through a blogging platform. To misquote from Cymbeline:
Hath academia all the sun that shines? Day, night,
Are they not but in academia? I’th’world’s volume
Our academia seems as of it but not in’t,
In a great pool a swan’s nest. Prithee think
There’s livers out of academia?
So, again, thank you for your support and for your help. I am really very grateful indeed.
PS. Have you re-read Cymbeline lately? It’s all about renegotiating a treaty with Europe so that Britain can remain a part of the EU/Roman Empire but on its own terms. I don’t understand why it isn’t on every stage in the country at the moment. Shakespeare really is our contemporary.