Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Shakespeare Wars

OK, a bit off topic, but I have to recommend reading The Shakespeare Wars by Ron Rosenbaum. (The wars the title refers to is scholarly battles of interpretation surrounding the reading, understanding, and performance of the greatest of all writers.) One of the things high school lit fails to communicate is the passion which real scholars have for Shakespeare study, something this book manages in a sometimes over-the-top way to capture. You don't have to be a Shakespeare scholar to appreciate the book - aderaba, read the book first and you will probably want to see or read more Shakespeare.


  1. Anonymous3:44 PM

    B'chayei roshi I can not understand one word of Shakespeare. It's like a different language. Is there a modern-day English version of his work? Would that defeat the purpose?

  2. You need to see a good production (either stage or screen) to see what there is to appreciate. Some argue that our dor is perhaps the last that can even begin to appreciate Shakespeare's language without a peirush on every word.