November 21, 2005

New Links on _Macbeth_

"Equivocation and Free Choice in _Macbeth_"

If you are interested in hearing more about equivocation in _Macbeth_, you may want to read this short essay.

More Essays on _Macbeth_

This website has quite a few links to essays of various topics on _Macbeth_.

Posted by chan0664 at 10:35 PM

November 15, 2005

The Scottish Play

With world enough and time, you might visit "Angels and Ministers of Grace: Theatrical Superstitions through the Ages" by Krsitin McDermott.

It places superstitions about productions of Macbeth in a larger theatrical context. Make of its slightly mystical conclusion what you will.

Posted by tgus at 9:42 AM · Readings

November 3, 2005

Guthrie/Shakespeare's Globe Production of Measure For Measure

Use the comments to discuss your reaction to the production. Possible starting points:

What effects did the the all-male cast have?

What are the effects of having the Duke be so tentative, so bumbling? (This is not a standard reading of him).

What of Isabella, including the ending?

Angelo was almost laconic (also, unfortunately, too soft-spoken, as was Isabella at times). What seemed to be suggested by his tone and pacing?

What stage business (actions/interactions) surprised you, or were particularly effective or not?

What effects did the long, spare stage have? The music? The dancing?

The Richard III Society

For those of you intersted in the historical Richard, the Richard III Society is devoted to a reassessment of him as a historical figure, rather than a figure of legend, propaganda, and sheer dramatic villainy..

Posted by tgus at 7:54 AM · Readings

October 19, 2005

More about the Measure for Measure Performance

A bit more information about the production of Measure for Measure that we will attend is available from shakespeares-globe.org .

New Links

Project Muse

This is an index of full-text journals on wide range of subjects in the liberal arts. The cite includes excellent essays on almost everything concerning Shakespeare and his plays. Just login with your X500 and search.

Criticism of Individual Plays

This is a link from "Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet." The cite provides popular criticisms on nearly every play. If you're interested, _The Merchant of Venice_ link has a few criticisms on Shakespeare and anti-semitism.

Posted by chan0664 at 1:06 AM

September 27, 2005

Some Background for Merchant

In particular, from the firsts site that Anil pointed out in the previous entry, go to this page about the Merchant of Venice for links to some background on:

The settings: Venice and Belmont
Shylock and depictions of Jews (especially useful)
Legal comedy
Love and money
The music of the spheres?

Posted by tgus at 11:10 AM

September 14, 2005

New Links

"Shakespeare's Life and Times"

This website contains a lot of useful information on Shakespeare. The history section is especially interesting and broad. It includes information ranging from the monarchs during Shakespeare's time to crime and law in Elizabethan England. Apart from history, the website also includes sections on society, drama, and literature.

"Shakespeare Online"

This website is an excellent resource for supplementary readings on nearly every play. The essays for each play are numerous and cover an array of topics. The website also has an "analysis" section, but only a few plays are listed.

Posted by chan0664 at 6:10 PM

August 22, 2005

Theatre Unbound will present The Tempest November 5-19 at the Playwrights' Center on East Franklin Ave.

This is an all-women production.

Posted by tgus at 12:22 PM

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A University Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will run November 11-13, 17-20 at the Stoll Thrust Theatre in Rarig Center.

Student tickets are $8.00.