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The Great White Bard: How to Love Shakespeare While Talking About Race
Do you ever wonder why we still talk about Shakespeare today, even though he lived a long time ago? Well, Professor Farah Karim-Cooper has spent her life studying Shakespeare and wants to show us that he’s still important in the 21st century.
Shakespeare is often seen as a big deal, like a superhero of white Western history. But Professor Karim-Cooper thinks it’s time to look at Shakespeare in a new way. She wants us to see that his plays can teach us about important things like race and gender.
In her book, “The Great White Bard,” she takes us on a journey through Shakespeare’s plays, from Antony and Cleopatra to The Tempest. She helps us see that Shakespeare’s world was not just about white people. It was a time when people from all over the world came to London.
Professor Karim-Cooper tells us not to put Shakespeare on a pedestal or forget about him. Instead, she wants us to look at his plays with fresh eyes. She wants us to talk about the parts that might make us feel uncomfortable, like how people were treated in his time.
By looking at Shakespeare in a new way, we can keep his amazing stories alive and learn important lessons about our world today.
336 pages, Hardcover
First published August 15, 2023
About the Author
Professor Farah Karim-Cooper has spent a long time studying Shakespeare. She wants to show us that Shakespeare’s stories are still important today, and they can help us understand the world better.