Tuesday, October 16, 2012

News at Eleven: And at the end of the British Museum's current

exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World sits the Robben Island Bible--the copy of Shakespeare's complete works disguised as a Hindu text and smuggled into the prison where anti-apartheid leaders were held captive. Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and others have each marked the passage of Shakespeare that inspired them in their struggle. All knew his work. All found nourishment in it. This is acknowledgement of a high order from people who went on to change their country and their continent.

But how far can we go with this? Did Shakespeare actually change the course of history? This would be a big claim for someone who didn't found an empire, reform a faith or directly challenge the structures of society.

from The Guardian: Shakespeare, a poet who is still making our history


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