Does 'translating' Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?

Does 'translating' Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?

An uproar ensued after it was reported that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) – southern Oregon’s 80-year-old annual theatrical extravaganza – would be commissioning playwrights to “translate” all of Shakespeare’s plays into modern English.\r\n<br><br>\r\n<i><u>Literature Set: Shakespeare's Comedies (Text 5)</u> -- This text provides background information and context that can help students better understand Shakespeare's plays. In this text, the author addresses the criticisms that some scholars have about Shakespeare’s works being “translated” into modern English. Assign this text after students have read one of Shakespeare’s comedies. Encourage students to consider the impact that Shakesp

Sheila T Cavanagh
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ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

STANDARDS:
RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.8 - Evaluate Argument, RI.6 - Author's Purpose, RI.1 - Meaning & Evidence

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

1,3,2
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