Discussion, events, CFPs, and open-access scholarship pertaining to Shakespeare.
Alfar, Cristina León “Speaking Truth to Power as Feminist Ethics in Richard III.” Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 3, Nov. 2019, pp. 789–819. (Available through ProjectMuse muse.jhu.edu/article/741025.)
Yan Brailowsky deposited Ab ovo or in medias res? Rewriting History for the Early Modern Stage Or, How Elizabethan History Plays Collapsed Referentiality in the group Shakespeare on Humanities Commons 1 week, 2 days ago
Shakespeare’s representations of history often have replaced history itself in the popular imagination: Julius Caesar, Margaret of Anjou, Henry V, Richard III — popular recollections of their lives and deaths are intimately linked with Shakespeare’s accounts of their stories, despite the playwright’s deviations from historical facts. In order t…[Read more]
Gendered night, or the nocturnal brightness of the early modern English stage
In French, critics speak of the night using feminine terms, but the term is grammatically neutral in English. Despite this neutrality, night may be gendered. In Romeo and Juliet, virgins hide their shame from their lovers by hiding in the dark. If night is consecrated…[Read more]
For poets like Sir Philip Sidney, the numerous incongruities found in Elizabethan drama fly in the face of Aristotelian theory. London audiences in 1580-1600 would have been hard pressed to recognize the time and place of the action represented on stage from one scene to the next. By comparing Greek theory and Elizabethan practice, this paper…[Read more]
What might strike some as Arden of Faversham’s faulty construction may perhaps be ascribed to the fact that Arden’s murderers, as well as the play’s audience, had to learn how to “temper poison” (i.229). Poison is not simply a means to commit murder, its use also requires great dexterity, one which must be interpreted within a historical and metat…[Read more]
Covering the changes in Shakespeare editorial theory and practice over the decades between the publication of the Oxford Shakespeare (1986) and the New Oxford Shakespeare (2016), this article surveys a range of modern texts with different rationales and aimed at different readerships. The article has three sections: the imagery associated with…[Read more]
Amy Borsuk deposited Innovating Shakespeare: The Politics of Technological Partnership in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest (2016) in the group Shakespeare on Humanities Commons 11 months, 1 week ago
This article examines the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) recent focus on digital ‘innovation’ by analysing the relationship between their emerging digital-focused business practices and digital performance practice for The Tempest (2016). To assess this relationship, I first review the socioeconomic context of 21st century neoliberal UK econo…[Read more]
Describes and analyzes two episodes of article rejections based on political correctness and several published instances of politically correct inverse racism. Shows that political correctness in judging scholarship on race uses a double standard which enables reverse racism and an unsavory rhetoric. Discusses political correctness as the…[Read more]
Reviews the Shakespeare Quarterly special issue (spring 2016), a collection of articles on different aspects of modern race study in Shakespeare. Addresses the problems confronting race study, the rhetoric of race “conversation,” and difficulties in race scholarship. Focuses on Ian Smith’s “Who Speaks for Othello” as representative of race study…[Read more]
Provides a personal perspective on, and analysis of, developments in the English profession. Emphasizes the proliferation of PhDs, the industrialization of scholarship and its effects on research and promotion, and the diminished influence and status of English studies. Makes suggestions for addressing present difficulties and reviving the study…[Read more]
Explores issues of professionalization and politicalization of humanistic studies. Sketches an up-dated return to the basics of humanistic research and teaching.
Critiques current status of relationship between scholarly research and academic teaching. Uses three examples–one each from Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear–to illustrate connections between both efforts.
Describes the dynamics of the attribution argument between Stratfordians and anti-Stratfordians, with particular attention to the asymmetries of the debate. Revisits the evidence of Greene’s “A Groatsworth of Wit.” Sketches and critiques two anti-Stratfordian arguments on that evidence.
After a critical overview of Price’s anti-Stratfordian argument, this paper scrutinizes her argument on Greene’s “A Groatsworth of Wit” and three arguments on the First Folio’s items “To the Reader,” Jonson’s tribute, and “To the great Variety of Readers.” All arguments reveal typical deficiencies in scholarly analysis of the evidence and typical…[Read more]
Hi all, I’m looking into whether beer and food may have been sold in the 17th century private playhouses, like Blackfriars. Gurr and others take up positions on the public playhouses, I’m curious whether anyone has come across suggestions (positive or negative) that these may have been sold inside/during the performances at the indoor spaces?
This close reading addresses the couplet, puzzling because of its generality, which critics try to constrict by forced specificity. The quatrain-to-quatrain sequence of the image clusters suggests the theme of transitoriness and parallels The Order of The Burial of the Dead in The Book of Common Prayer, which burial ritual justifies the…[Read more]
Received opinion based on scanty evidence and skimpy arguments holds that race and racism operate in important ways in Othello and Othello’s jealousy. Few specifically race-referential words and only one specifically racist image occur in the play, almost all in the first four scenes.
Brabantio’s, Roderigo’s, and Iago’s views are mistake…[Read more]
Romance as a group of, and label for, some of Shakespeare’s last plays presupposes the influence of later romance kinds, and Shakespeare studies presuppose their influence and preclude the influence of an earlier romance kind, namely, chivalric romance. This sub-genre includes romances like Bevis of Hampton and Guy of Warwick, both popular in S…[Read more]
Michael L. Hays deposited Emending Othello; Explaining Othello: A Critique of Contemporary Principles of and Practices in Editing Shakespeare and a Historical-Literary Interpretation of Othello’s Jealousy in the group Shakespeare on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
Modern editors of Othello unanimously and silently adopt the Folio (1623) text as their copy text but emend it in light of the quarto (1622) text at III, iii, 97. Neither of the two reasons for emendation, textual corruption or literary unintelligibility, applies. A critique of textual editing shows that, given knowledge of the many and various…[Read more]
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