Pants-of-dog wrote:Shakespeare lived in a time before racism, colonialism, and capitalism joined hands to create some of the worst atrocities in history. We are living in the aftermath of that.
Some progressive academics are having classes about that, and how we should look at the art of a society with (modern) racism embedded in it (Europe and all its former and current colonies). Silencing this discussion seems pointless, unless you are Desantis and have Christopher Rufo working with you. In that case, you can label this as “everything wrong with culture today” and ban it.
I don't see why wouldn't Shakespeare's society not count as a racist one even under today's views and even if we only stick to institutional racism.
For instance, Britain started participating in the slave trade (firstly, by pirating slave ships from other European powers and selling the slaves in the American colonies - even before they got their first one) in the mid 16th century
. All of this was, of course, legal under British law and indeed supporting by the Crown as was the general state-sponsored piracy in the Caribbean at the time (the British were hardly unique in this regard).
Pants-of-dog wrote:But again, this is not cancelling Shakespeare. As @wat0n’s link points out, most teachers are still teaching Shakespeare for many reasons and instead pair it with other pieces that contrast it, or look at the original text through a different lens.
Meanwhile, in “the 2021-22 school year PEN America documented 565 books banned in Florida schools. Some were banned permanently, others temporarily pending investigations. The result is the same: Students can’t access books”.
Just because some teachers are still teaching Shakespeare, like some teachers (outside Florida specially) still teach CRT, doesn't mean Shakespeare wasn't removed for the curriculum for purely ideological reasons. If that doesn't count as cancellation, what does?
@Fasces yeah, all his research was just "poking fun", sure. Well, actually much of humanities research and critical theory itself is a joke even if they don't think they're joking.
Like, for example, those French intellectuals (like Jacques Derrida, Simone De Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Félix Guattari and others) who petitioned for legalizing pedophilia in France didn't think they were joking even if the arguments made in the letter were indeed a rather bad joke.
As for the course, I don't know, ask CBC. I would rate Canadian state media as not untrustworthy.