15 May 2006
Today in class one of my colleagues wanted to argue that Shakespeare really is timeless, because people from every time period since the theaters reopened after the Restoration have performed his work on stage. On the other hand, I argued, each of those time periods has adapted Shakespeare’s work in one way or another, and some of them have changed it significantly (happy ending to King Lear, anyone?) This is an extremely reductive argument which leaves out many important factors which blah blah blah, but my point here is that he and I argued back and forth about it vigorously for a couple of minutes, the discussion moved on, and nobody got snitty about it. Such a nice change. See how pleasant it is when we all realize that a discussion is, in fact, academic?