Monday, April 23, 2012
I just read an essay on a young girls experience with two different readings of Shakespeare; one reading glorified the historical, literary icon who may have contributed more than any other person to the establishment of the Center; secondly, there is the reading that recognizes Prospero as the colonizer to Caliban. I, too, had this same experience. I can't recall my first Shakespearean class even though I recieved an above average mark; however, when I encounter Shakespeare through a Post-Colonial lens it open'd my eyes to a much broader scope. Not only was the reading different, it was one I felt more connected with. In other words, understanding Caliban represented as a deformed, marginalized figure. It actually gave me more of an appreciation, not for Shakespeare, but for his work. In all actuality, I may have more of an affinity toward Christopher Marlow than Shakespeare. I makes me recall the essence of Mis-education of the Negro by Dr. Woodson. Does a traditional reading of Shakespeare contribute to the Mis-education of Black America? With the diversity in culture, there has to be a type of hybridity in contextual readings. To give a text one reading, would be to give the world one culture.
Lately, I mean for the last few months, I've been spending time reflecting on reference points. What does a person reference, what helps her/him determine, many of the decisions she/he makes? Being an advid reader, it has allowed me exposure to many different and new ideas and concepts. I mean, when i recommended my daughter to study law, it wasn't to join the firm, it had more to do with, 1.) studying English Literature, I read many of the young men studied law, not to be lawyers, but to take over the family estate. That was the first time I had read anything like that; 2.) When you look at two of the most iconic figures in Black history, you can't dismiss they were both lawyers: Barack Obama and Reginald Lewis. These were my reference points. If someone was to open a business, I would assume he/she would know the stories of Dell, Wal-mart, and a host of others. In essence, I'm still getting at the joy-reason-of reading. To be exposed to concepts or ideas that one may not find amongst the common minds.