Shakespeare the toolmaker

Lisa Broome-Price is a scholar at the University of Kentucky, who will speak for the next ten minutes on why Shakespeare matters in a technology driven world.

He saturates culture. Why, though, is he still relevant? Because Shakespeare really changed our language. The language we use to describe our perplexity - "it's all greek to me" is drawn from Julias Ceaser. He uses language to describe experience, but he makes new kinds of experience newly imaginable to us.

We see him doing with language what we do with technology today. He played with language as a technology, making new things come along. In meeting Juliet, Romeo experiences a whole new way for expressing his love, for example.

Shakespeare is a fascinating tool maker. He can, for example, make the experience of love imaginable. We can scour the depths of depravity, or abuses of power. It's his words that the we barrow when we describe solders as bands of brothers.

He didn't erase the language that came to him, he experimented with it. We hear every voice in his work and every voice is challenged. The plays become a clever how-to manual for the very tool we are given - language.

She ends with another well known saying, "brevity is the soul of whit."

Wayne