It's not often that we get the opportunity to see an actor from Shakespeare's Globe in London here in Cincinnati, Ohio, but we had that opportunity today. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company invited Scott Brooksbank from the Globe to present interactive retellings of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the... Continue Reading →

Language and Intelligence in Love’s Labors Lost

Love's Labors Lost basks in the use and misuse of language by those deemed intellectuals and, to a lesser extent, those deemed unintelligent. At the heart of the play is an examination of the relationship between language and intelligence. By examining how the characters say what they say, along with the meaning, we can see... Continue Reading →

Love’s Labors Lost Part 1

So much rhetoric, so little plot Act I, Scene 1 The King of Navarre, in an effort to make his kingdom a center of the intellectual world, has decreed that he and his court swear to study and only study for three full years. As his comrades prepare to swear this oath, Biron argues that... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare and the History of English

  A fun glimpse into some the amazing words and phrases that have come from William Shakespeare.

Is there a loser and a winner in Shakespeare adaptation?

I finished briefly scanning a book titled Shakespeare Translated by H.R. Coursen. I only read the introduction and conclusion because I needed general statements and the majority of book analyzes specific examples, which for my purposes was not helpful. Anyway, he argues in the book that attempting to adapt Shakespeare into a more modern context,... Continue Reading →

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