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Do We Have the Right to Offend?

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Yes, I know, I’m a Shakespeare professor, so shouldn’t I only use my blog to sing the praises of Hamlet or Henry V in perfectly structured iambic pentameter?

Soon, perhaps, but not today.

Besides studying the works of the Bard of Avon (and yes, Virginia, for you Shakespeare doubters, there WAS a Shakespeare and he did write the plays and poems we have today…more on that in another blog), I’ve spent much of my academic career thinking and writing about satire. Specifically, I’m interested in how social forces interact with forms of social criticism. And although I’ve explored this interaction in the Roman and Elizabethan eras, lately, I’ve been fascinated with the current battles over depictions of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad.

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Written by shakespeareguy

May 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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