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    Part 2

    2. Is this a question of Politics or Theatre?

    I left off last time with a question – could Iago be played by a black actor?

    It is a question with its origins in a debate that took place way...
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    In black and white: A question of Othello?

    In black and white: A question of Othello?


    I’ve been looking at Othello – or rather, I’ve been looking at the skin of Othello. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve watched several versions of the...
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    Oh, the horror, the horror!

    At first sight there isn’t much to connect Stephen King with Shakespeare – maybe even at second sight. But I was watching the BBC Othello yesterday when one of those ‘ermmm’ thoughts struck: Iago...
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    Second Episode

    As if on cue: The weather, after a month of people killing heat-wave, turns to rain - persistent and misery inducing.

    In Bleak House, the weather is as bad.

    We are still following events...
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    Bleak House Odyssey

    The first instalment of Charles D's, Bleak House (published in March, 1852) is very clear on the matter of the weather - November weather - mud, as if the deluge had only just subsided, and the...
  6. Thread: Demon Drink

    by akfarrar
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    Demon Drink

    (or No more Cakes and Ale)

    One summer, not that long ago, I spent a weekend in a remote village in Romania - so remote in fact there was no permanent vehicle access - cars drove up a dry river bed...
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    Reflections on re-reading

    Finished the re-read (more a first read - it is a very long time since I read Persuasion) and thought I'd make a couple of observations before I read the book's introduction and find out what I...
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    Act 1, Scene 2

    Enter the King

    What would Shakespeare's audience have experienced at the very start of this scene?

    Firstly, there would have been music - the entrance of a King is marked by trumpets.

    These...
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    Witches and weather

    The opening of Macbeth is a classic case of, "Will we ever be able to understand what Shakespeare originally intended?"

    Quite frankly, the answer is no – but we can take a trip along the path in...
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    Poll: Creationist Techniques 1: Straw Men

    I propose taking a look at some of the 'revealed' techniques I find in the 'Awake!' special Issue for September 2006: Is There a CREATOR? (Published by the Jehovah's Witnesses - and with a claimed...
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    Labouring the point:

    The ’evidence’ is in the two extracts quoted. To understand the extent of the copying Shakespeare does, one needs to not only look at the words ’spoken’, but at the actions and metaphors used.

    In...
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    Vica Versa

    I suppose you would sue the creators of the "reality show," Big Brother, because they must have "lifted" it from a great work of Orwell. Or go rampant with a lawsuit to the producers of "Survivor,"...
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    Definition, PUNTER Wiki: In British...

    Definition, PUNTER

    Wiki:
    In British English, a colloquialism for:
    a customer of a prostitute.
    a customer of any business, the usage being primarily found in London and Essex.

    Second is...
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    Worth quoting: Just wanted to check if you...

    Worth quoting:

    Just wanted to check if you were aware that there were no copyright laws in Shakespeare's time. You may also be unaware that Shakespeare, and many many other writers, in the same...
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    Discussion wanted, not debate.

    1. Time - I was between lectures and had literally 10 min - scorn for hardworking people?

    2. Title - aim to get the punters to read the text, and irony. The word lift was carefully picked - yep,...
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    Another quicky: "Yes, yes, understanding...

    Another quicky:

    "Yes, yes, understanding Shakespeare needs reference to theatre (and if by "theatre" you meant a mention that Shakespeare also acted, or a partial text from "Fautus", then yes, you...
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    Very little time but: "I think I can speak for...

    Very little time but:

    "I think I can speak for many when I say that 'taking a scene and making reference to it' is very different from "stealing" or "plagiarising". Stick to your original point."...
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    Lust and Love: The Elizabethans acctually...

    Lust and Love:

    The Elizabethans acctually distinguished between them - love was deom the soul, and that (for them) was located in the Brain; Lust was a bodily humour - and had its origins in the...
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    My point

    is not that Shakespeare is immoral - but that he conciously took the Faustus scene and 'made reference' to it.

    I am more interested in the why of this than anything else. :yawnb:

    Unlike today...
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    You Are What You Wear

    In the words of a Genesis song:

    Old man says, "You are what you wear" - wear well.

    Certainly, in Shakespeare's England, you were what you wore: And Shakespeare makes use of this (overtly and...
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    FR. Lawrence and William's marriage

    I really shouldn't . . .

    speculate on the plays based on the biography, but:

    One of those moments of 'click' happened when I was watching el Woods t.v. programme, 'In Search of Shakespeare,' a...
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    Shakespeare stealing again

    One of those frequently misunderstood problems with Shakespeare is his propensity to lift material from other people - nowadays we would call it plagiarism.

    One of the most fascinating, I think,...
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    First Response

    Walter Hartright's narrative

    Hippolyta: This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard.
    Theseus: The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.
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    What was Shakespeare's Religion and does it matter?

    A) The Religion.

    Most people who know anything about the Elizabethan and early Stuart period would agree that it is not a simple question and that the sort of evidence we need to answer the first...
  25. Thread: Empty Spaces

    by akfarrar
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    Empty Spaces

    (Or: Shakespeare, Everyone’s Contemporary)

    I am not interested in repeating the old ‘A’ Level arguments; the grade 12/13 and equivalent essay: Is Shakespeare relevant?

    The answer is, "Yes."
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