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June 19 2013

Joss Whedon, Modern Dress Shakespeare, and the Problem of Class in Classrooms. A teacher and Shakespearean enthusiast looks at how class is presented in Much Ado and from there, how it is treated in today's world. Part One of Two.

Well this is interesting, but unfortunately all we get here is a premise... and no idea when the part two will appear (or if part 2 will contain something more satisfying). I have to say that I disagree with the premise.

In fact I think about class differences all the time, anyone involved in politics over the last 20 years has noticed an enormous shift in class in the USA. The gulf between rich and poor is so much greater than when I was growing up.

I also disagree that Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' looks too modern day, destroying the fantasy element of the play. At least for me there was a timeless dream like quality to the B&W filming along with the kind of retro look to men in suits and ties, and women in pretty summer dresses (no one dresses like that now days, not in modern day USA, or any place else). The text message on a cell phone was modern day, but so much else seemed to be out of a 1940s film... .

Anyway I hope I'll manage to read part two at some point.

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