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_.
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.
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..
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 .
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.
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)
Love and money
The music of the spheres?
September 14, 2005
"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.
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.
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.