[Milton-L] Greenblatt on Teaching Shakespeare

Richard A. Strier rastrier at uchicago.edu
Tue Sep 15 20:36:04 EDT 2015

Yes, interesting article, but I think it gives up too quickly on traditional verbal analysis.  Our students CAN do this, and can be led to enjoy it.  I think he exaggerates the distance between "us" and "them."

From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] on behalf of Diana [dianabenet at aol.com]
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Subject: [Milton-L] Not Willingly Let it Die

I wd like to recommend "Teaching Shakespeare," a v short article by Stephen Greenblatt (NY Times Sunday Magazine, 9/13/15) that with some relevance to Milton studies.
Greenblatt writes about the challenges of teaching a student population without the "verbal acuity" with which earlier students approached early-modern authors.   The essay is thought-provoking and could trigger some ideas and discussion on the list.
Incidentally, apropos of  the interest in "They Who Fell" and "Chaos Umpire  Sits": I hope people will remember Steven Brust's "To Reign in Hell"  (1984).  This novel was a consistent post-PL favorite of students in my Milton classes.
Regards to all,  Diana Benet

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