Why teach Shakespeare?

Megan McArdle has dived again into the "pale dead men" pedagogical debate.  Here are a couple of bids to make the Bard more culturally relevant for the modern student:

Also, OMG Romeo.


Grim said...

"Who says I'm fair?"

Assistant Village Idiot said...

About the same number of people dead at the end.

Texan99 said...

The count was off only by about one, but when you're the POV character and that one is you, it makes a difference!

I would totally watch this version.

The truth is, I don't think I've ever failed to enjoy a Shakespeare version, adaptation, modernization, knockoff, or outright parody, starting in early youth with "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." My mother took me to see it in San Francisco when I was about 12; what a revelation. I was pretty confused, though, not really being familiar with Hamlet.