MacBeth References in Hamilton

This blog contains many Hamilton spoilers. You have been warned. I, like much of the world, found myself enamored with Hamilton when the production was released on Disney+. I knew the soundtrack already, but seeing the production made everything much more impactful. Of course, as a Shakespeare fanatic, my ears perked up at the MacBeth... Continue Reading →

Hamnet Shakespeare | Breaking Bard Ep 20

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!74992 Trigger Warning: Child Loss “If William Shakespeare wrote about his son’s death at all, he concealed it in the lines of his late sonnets and plays that reveal a depth of understanding about grief.” - Vanessa Thorpe, Alas, Poor Hamnet, The Guardian Because there is so little known about Shakespeare’s private life, we are... Continue Reading →

The Complex Family Dynamics of King Lear

TW: emotional abuse, violence, dementia As I was watching the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s recent stream of King Lear, I was confronted with a feeling I didn’t expect: empathy for Goneril. This was my first experience with King Lear and all I had heard was that Lear was horribly abused by his two evil daughters. I... Continue Reading →

The Truth About Prince Hal | Breaking Bard Ep. 17

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!1cbb3 “From his father’s usurpation of Richard II’s throne in 1399, when Henry was but twelve, he was active in the government of England. […] Henry V came to the throne extensively experienced in politics, administration, and warfare: few kings have been so well trained for their job.” - Peter Saccio in Shakespeare’s English Kings... Continue Reading →

Why the Authorship Question Matters

Over the holidays, I was discussing the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy with my father in law. He is an admitted novice when it comes to Shakespeare, but - like most of us - he has some basic experience with the plays. He was unfamiliar with the fact that there is a group of people who doubt... Continue Reading →

Fairies | Breaking Bard Episode 8

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!c85c2   “We fairies that do run.../ Following the darkness like a dream/ Now are frolic; not a mouse/ Shall disturb this hallowed house./ I am sent with broom before/ To sweep the dust behind the door” Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5 Scene 1   Today when we hear the word fairy, a small winged... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Bardolatry | Breaking Bard Episode 1

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!0e6f4   Introducing my new podcast all about Shakespeare! “If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.” William Hazlitt I want to talk to you about a man. A man with a grade-school education,... Continue Reading →

2019 Plans

As we walk into the year 2019, I want to be more deliberate about the blog. I have some pretty big plans. Plans to improve what I am doing now and plans to expand into new territory. I took some time over the holiday break to work ahead, so that the new setup wouldn’t seem... Continue Reading →

Back to the Beginning

Just the other day, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent out a tweet asking how and when followers first found their love of Shakespeare. I eagerly wrote back because I not only could tell you exactly when I fell in love with Shakespeare, but I also am about to return to my first and favorite play,... Continue Reading →

Restarting…

So, if anyone is actually reading this, you may have noticed that I haven't posted in a little over a week. This is for a couple reasons: 1) I was sick and I'm a giant baby when I'm sick, so I didn't want to do anything. 2) I started rethinking my research process and blog... Continue Reading →

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