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October 26, 2005

Bohannon, "Shakespeare in the Bush" -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"I protested that human nature is pretty much the same the whole world over; at least the general plot and motivation of the greater tragedies would always be clear--everywhere--although some details of custom might have to be explained and difficulties of translation might produce other slight changes."

Well, I have discussed before the universality (is that a word?) of Literature and how it fascinates me. This was very interesting to read. Think about it, if we hadn't read this, would we have ever gotten the perspective of an African tribe on the translation of Hamlet? Probably not. Bohannon hit the nail right on the head though. Human nature is human nature, and it is the same everywhere; However, small details and the translation into another language will be difficult at times. I enjoyed reading this, and Dr. Jerz is right, I suppose there truly is "more interprutations in heaven and earth" of Hamlet.

Posted by CheraPupi at October 26, 2005 7:40 PM


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