RARA-AVIS: Re: Bloom and Shakespeare

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Feb 2009

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    Kerry, I am not so sure that your explanation works (i.e., don't teach what goes against system, empire, etc.). They do teach Brave New World and Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm, for example. And they teach Steinbeck, who isn't exactly warm and fuzzy. Cannery Row? The Grapes of Wrath? And Shakespeare has losers, too, and a healthy dose of skepticism in the way he (at least sometimes) treats the powerful. And they teach Franz Kafka, the ultimate downer, but a downer in very specific ways that portray what happens to man facing the system. In a way, a nonheroic loser who was already condemned to lose is far more chilling, far more shocking than a guy who falls down in battle. Students aren't stupid, they get it...



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