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Humanist Archives: April 10, 2020, 7:50 a.m. Humanist 33.747 - on using academia.edu

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        Date: 2020-04-09 16:58:50+00:00
        From: Jim Rovira 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.744: on using academia.edu

Tim -

I apologize for not noticing a difference between the phrase "drains
humanness" and "dehumanizes," but I still fail to see how the academia site
can "drain humanness" from something that was never humanized to begin

Gabriel -

My point was not at all that Shakespeare didn't think of his future
readers. Many authors do. Many poets do -- that's a kind of trope in
poetry. My point is only that they know nothing about them. I'm unsure
where we disagree about the Academia site, though. I wouldn't deny that
other sites or models are better, but I would deny that they're mutually
exclusive. I would say the word "papers" is indeed appropriate for his
sonnets, which were circulated among a small readership -- that has now
been immensely dwarfed by their current readership.

Francois's point about literary coteries is very good. And what I described
fits that model. The Academia site creates kinds of virtual coteries, I
suppose, and people who meet at conferences are another kind of coterie.
But an author's future readers are always outside of the coterie model, and
for authors who sell well, even most of their current readers are outside
the coterie.

Jim R

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