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Heh heh heh.

Listening to NPR, they're interviewing some actors, who are talking about the universality of Shakespeare.

This took me back immediately to my college days, and one of my favorite anthropological essays, "Shakespeare in the Bush."

I was pleased to locate it on-line. (Basic knowledge of "Hamlet" helpful, but amusing anyway.)

*grin* I remember loving that essay when it was assigned to a class. Thanks for the link - was nice to revisit it.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that a Shakespeare in the hand is worth two in the bush.

I think you mean "a BARD in the hand." :D :D :D

That's an *awesome* essay.

It's entertaining to watch how the basic assumptions of kinship relationships mess up all the basic assumptions and shades of meaning to the play. But at the same time, the bushmen (I wonder if they were Dobe Ju'hoansi or a different tribe) were still interested and enjoying the story--because who doesn't enjoy a story of magic and murder and great chiefs, eh?

I do so love anthropology. It may not be my major, but it'll aways be a side-interest.

We were watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya last night and one of the Cultural Day events was a class performing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

how the heck did I miss that? Awesome.

Thanks for sharing that essay! I'm forwarding that to all my English major friends.

very amusing! thanks for posting it.

That was fun, and it fits in so well with some of my one prof's stories of the Ju'hoansi people he worked with. Sadly, I must profess that pretty much everything I know about Hamlet has come almost entirely from The Simpsons with a small supplemental from Wishbone*.

From this, the most resounding thing I remember when hearing about Hamlet at all is the following: "Nobody out-crazies Ophelia!!" Yet it always makes me grin.

*It was quite remarkable in my, let me emphasize, high school how often the English teacher would ask a question about some literature, clearly expecting maybe one or two students to have an answer, if any, and instead have the entire class put up their hands to respond. Baffled and stunned the teachers would look at the class every time and asked how we all somehow knew this. We returned in chorus "It was on Wishbone last night!". The same happened in various science classes, except the response was that "The Magic School Bus" had invariably taught us whatever it was, the previous day. It was absurd how frequently the lesson plans actually corresponded to those shows, and how many of the students watched them! My high school was silly.

Wishbone's never silly! D: Magic School Bus, mebbe. >.>

Hehe, I love that essay. I loved cultural anthropology. The story/essay that sticks most in my mind is "Eating Christmas in the Kalihari".

*nod* That's a good one, if I recall.

Owwww, my head. "Water can't make you drown; only witches can"? O_O

(Well, at least cultural imperialism doesn't play too big a part in it.)

I've never read Hamlet, though I've always intended to, but I still know the story. And that was a fascinating article, think I'll forward it to my English-major friend, if she hasn't read it. :)

"Not yesterday, not yesterday, but long ago, a thing occurred..." seems to me the most perfect way to begin a tale.

Thank you for the heads-up on this one for those of us whose post-highschool training didn't include this piece.
~warm grin~

HA! Have to send this on to many of my friends. It may save at least one of them from Anthropologist hell...

That's a great essay! Thanks for sharing.

Mysterious...that was required reading for my Institutions class...