Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shakespeare in the Bush

 “You Americans,” said a friend, “often have difficulty with Shakespeare. He was, after all, a very English poet, and one can easily misinterpret the universal by misunderstanding the particular.”

Shakespeare in the Bush is Laura Bohannan's classic anthropological field-notes-turned-parable about trying to paraphrase Hamlet for her West African Tiv hosts. I read this back in college and loved it, and recently it came up in discussion and I read it again, and thought "well this is a thing I should share on my blog."

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