That would be the Rev Casaubon. One or two of the kind are even now still about here and there: thinking about that character reminds me a little of the Reverend Canon Dr. Xxxxxxxxx, Chaplain to some ancient Oxford Uni college I was communicating with by email very recently. He must be aged nearly 90 now, so remarkable how he's embraced changed technology.
You'd probably have been wrestling with such as Christaller's central place economic geography theories? - all good Rev Casaubon-style stuff, as I painfully recall from youth.
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On 11 Aug 2013, at 06:39, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There are varying kinds of contributions to the list. Few of them are of interest to me because my focus is on the plays. As for me and my hearse, they are fine, and some are interesting and worth filing away. As long as they are respectful, they do not deserve criticism on the basis of academic performance.
> My pa was in WWI. I have inherited various memorabilia including a 1918 map of London which fortuitously led me into my MA thesis. I discovered the sequence of place names form concentric circles reminiscent of the inferno. I was able to use urban development theory to explore the development of TWL. The point of all this is that the poem is a very rich, multilayered microepic for which no single focus can be taken to be the key to the whole poem. I am reminded of Middle March & the silly character who thought he had the key to all mythologies. I forget his name. As I remember it, he is portrayed as somewhat clownish. It is not a proper, academic mindset.