|Shakespeare characters from James Christensen's|
"All the World's a Stage"
At large in the public domain, Shakespeare’s creations simultaneously invoke and transcend tradition. Independent of their creator, their time period, or the educational gate keepers of culture, they live on in various forms and animate new modes of expression.
Hilary Rose Cupcakes
Shakespeare’s creations, unbound, alive, and responsive to the present moment, provide continuity with artistic and cultural patterns of the past while serving as both platform and license for experimentation and discovery.
|Henry VIII and Gloriana|
Second Life Shakespeare Company
(CC license - Flickr - Inacentaurdump)
We can productively explore our brave new digital world and Shakespeare’s works simultaneously, using the one to understand the other.
As we do so, we find that the traditional ways of studying Shakespeare have a hard time sitting still within the limits of print and the parameters of analytical prose. Shakespeare invites not just analysis, but response, creation, and engagement with others who continue to draw inspiration from his legacy.
That's the theme of this blog, and the approach that I take with my students.