A Midsummer Night's Dream at SDSU

 
 
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I was being scholarly today (reading the fascinating book Impersonations, by Stephen Orgel) when I came upon a quote that is perfectly relevant to Midsummer but also to youth culture in the late 1960s.

“Early Modern England was a patriarchal society. Fantasies of freedom in Shakespeare tend to take the form of escapes from the tyranny of elders to a world where the children can make their own society, which usually means where they can arrange their own marriages - and thereby enjoy the benefits of patriarchal structure rather than suffer its liabilities” (13-4).

What do you think?
 
 
"Incense, posters, beads, and girls. My first taste of a "taco" from the new Taco Bell that came to our area. Television was getting bolder, old shows getting older. Music was different, and attitudes were changing. In fact, everything was changing so fast I felt that I could hardly keep pace with it. Girls weren't girls anymore, they were "pre-women". The "Summer of Love" exploded like nuclear fission; I felt caught up in a strange wave that was taking me in its direction. The whole world seemed to have fallen off into the deep end of the pool. And lastly, I was a kid, but not a kid." --Jeff