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Learning To Like Shakespeare
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alsoname From: alsoname Date: July 14th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
being the quick-to-pass-judgment teen that she is, she took issue with its antiquated qualities, railing at the "'thous' and 'thees'" and the unrealistic aspect to iambic pentameter.

Hah! That sentence did not end up where I thought it would. When I read, "she took issue with," I thought of myself when I was in the 10th grade, reading Taming of the Shrew and arguing with my English teacher that is was sexist and anti-feminist. If I dig around I can probably even find the papers I wrote about my thoughts, replete with my teacher's dissenting rebuttals written in the margin.

I never learned to like Shakespeare! It's true that his language was alienating to me, and I'm sure that didn't help me to cultivate an appreciation.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 17th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Shakespeare certainly isn't for everyone. But I hope, given Skylar's proclivity for all things literary, that she finds plenty to enjoy in his work.

I suppose Taming of the Shrew is sexist through and through. I had a funny thought, though, watching a nearly all-girl troupe perform a play that was first performed by men in and out of drag: it's about the pleasure of role-playing, to a degree. That's not to say that it can't be taken and used perniciously. It certainly has. That said, there's a glee to acting out the roles, if they aren't taken as reflections of identity in an essentialist sense.
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