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I know I definitely won’t be able to participate fully in #moocspeare, that’s the Shakespeare in Community MOOC facilitated by Jesse Stommel and others. But I also know I can’t pass up the opportunity to find out what Jesse can do with a MOOC on Coursera. I expect a tremendous learning experience. Y/day I got the first formal email opening up the MOOC and I forwarded it to my colleagues at work – my boss’s response was (I’m sure she won’t mind my blogging this):
Wow. Shouldn’t this be the way we introduce all courses.I would LOVE to take this MOOC!As always, thanks for sharing
- This falling in love at first sight thing – I believe you get attracted to someone at first sight, but I don’t think it’s a good recipe for long-lasting relationships. I’m not denying it’s possible, but I’m not sure why someone would defy their tribe and die for it… eeeks. The problem is that so much other romance follows that kind of recipe, right? Very few romance stories have a gradual buildup. Not as exciting, I guess.
- The whole tragic “we can’t be together” thing is such a central point of so much romance (OK, maybe Shakespeare started it, maybe his life was like this, maybe it appeals to a lot of us because we all went through it at some point) – what I hate about it is that it misses out on the real tragedy of romance: the tragedy of being so much in love with someone, then being able to be with that person full-time, and then facing the harsh realities of what it means to be together all the time and the amount of (non-romantic) effort it takes to keep the relationship going and make it successful. The tragedy of relationships that is truly sad, is not the part where people can’t be together, it’s when people who are in love are ABLE to be together, and they can’t keep the relationship beautiful and strong. #BecauseLife? Or something else?
- I wonder if people will unpack what it means to value romantic love above family ties and things like that, and what this means beyond the obvious?
I’m gonna stop now because I’m writing this and thinking… I am sure a million people have said this before me. So this is just me recording my thoughts for myself. I might dip into Romeo and Juliet and pick out a few quotes or something 😉 ha, my “token” blogpost for #moocspeare. Also my procrastination from finishing a million other pieces of writing i *should* be doing.
I realized something funny as I wrote this. I think maybe the only Shakespeare play I ever read fully was Othello. And funny enough, we studied it in high school. Then we studied it in college. Yes. I know. Like we Arabs couldn’t possibly relate to any other Shakespeare character because like, they’re just too generically human to be relevant? I love so many other Shakespeare plays, though, like Merchant of Venice (minus the Jewish stereotype even though I grew up on it); Twelfth Night (that’s the same as As You Like It, right?), Much Ado About Nothing… but I’m not a big fan of Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Tempest.