Clarification: I have no issues with Shakespeare, the writer; he seems like a stand up kind of guy. Nor do I have any major objections to “Shakespeare” as a body of work (although I must say that if I never read Hamlet again it wouldn’t be too soon). I’m just tired of permanent residents of the Ivory Tower foisting the theories of terrible German philosophers on me.
My issues are with Shakespeare, the subject, as taught by most college profs. Because this is where most of the terrible philosophers pop up. Because people who teach Shakespeare think it’s important. Because other people who teach Shakespeare say it is. (These are also the same people who think it’s cool to talk about all the great places they’ve traveled to/teached at/lived in about every 20 minutes.)
Plus, I suspect, the reason these awful teachers don’t break down theories like Hegelian dialectics into palatable chunks is (I’m nearly certain at this point) because they (the profs) don’t understand terrible philosophers any more than we do. (You can tell when they start to try and “summarize.”)
Really, huge chunks of many impenetrable philosophic theories just look good on a syllabus. Your gig is up, craptastic Shakespearean professors. I know your game.