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The Man who Makes Connections

  • John Elsom


IT IS A STRANGE and little-known fact that even scholars and critics can be characterized in terms of changing light bulbs. A classicist can change a light bulb, but the old one was essentially better. The modernist may change a light bulb, but only after the house has been completely rewired. In their respective contexts, most structuralists are able to change a light bulb, provided, since these processes are always two-way, that the light bulb doesn't change them first. But when Jan Kott changes a light bulb, he has the unfortunate knack of switching on the whole Christmas tree.



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1. Elsom, John, ed., Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary? (Routledge, 1989), p. 1415.

2. Ibid., p. 16–17.

3. Kott, Jan, The Theater of Essence (Northwestern University Press, 1984), p. 30.

4. Kott, Jan, The Bottom Translation (Northwestern University Press, 1987), p. 2.

5. Jan Kott, , Shakespeare Our Contemporary (Methuen, 1965), p. 52.

6. Ibid, p. 48.

8. Elsom, , ed., op. cit., p. 14.

9. Kott, , Shakespeare Our Contemporary, p. 241–2.

10. Kott, , The Bottom Translation, p. 107–32.

The Man who Makes Connections

  • John Elsom


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