Friday, April 01, 2011

How To (Big) Think Like Shakespeare

This series from Big Think has potential:

On each day of Shakespeare’s birth month, Big Think will examine a different way that studying Shakespeare enriches the various disciplines—from neuroscience to business to psychology and beyond. Experts contributing to this series include James Shapiro, Professor of English at Columbia University and author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare; Ben Brantley, chief theater critics of The New York Times; Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000; Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres; and Carol Gilligan, psychologist and author of In A Different Voice.

I'm a bit curious to see how it goes, because quite honestly this introduction is .... well, boring. I'm not really fond of using expressions like "interdisciplinary examination" and "social cohesion" in my own discussions of Shakespeare, so I can only hope that once they actually start talking about our favorite subject, they're a bit more approachable when they do it.

1 comment:

Andrew Huntley said...

I'm definitely going to be reading the series, but I feel they missed a golden opportunity for today in not honoring Shakespeare and comedy.