P.G. Wodehouse is not someone that I studied in school. In fact, if it weren't for industriously reading friends, I wouldn't know his name at all. Why is that?
I'll be straight: I don't know why. Without making broad negative assumptions about academia (which I don't want to make because I've learned a lot from there) I can't think of anything that would stop Wodehouse from making a terrific subject for English classes.
His language is sharp. I can see that argument that the slang is dated, but it's not something that is distracting and slang, more than 'proper' language says more about the time a piece was written in--making it a valuable tool for understanding history and the development of language. (Yes, texting language says a lot about the tech savvy and speed of our current culture.)
The stories are developed in a classical style. There's a three-to-five act structure involved in the pieces. Even if a story is about cow-shaped creamers, does the fact that the stories are shaped similar to Shakespeare's comedies mean nothing?
Plus there's the historical aspect of his stories--not just language, but subject matter. Most of what we've discussed the last couple months were Wodehouse's works pre-WWII. (So, lots of butlers and whatnot.) But I bet an interesting comparison could be made between his pre- and post- works. So the pieces are relevent there too.
Any other ideas on would be good to study in Wodehouse? What writers have you studied in college/high school that would compare to Wodehouse? Any? Humor writers?
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