The Winter’s Tale: Class 3 of School of Night

The Winter’s Tale: Class 3 of School of Night

The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s more obscure and baffling plays. The title alone needs justification: the plot spans sixteen years and settles mostly in springtime. But more peculiar: if Shakespeare is so “universal,” what possible relevance to anyone is the story of a disowned girl whose brother dies young and whose insanely jealous father is responsible for the trial and death of her mother?Read More

Rape of Lucrece – Class 2 of School of Night

Rape of Lucrece – Class 2 of School of Night

Shakespeare’s “graver labour,” the follow-up long poem to mega-hit Venus and Adonis, is a strange piece indeed. Right after her horrific rape, Lucrece, Roman paragon of womanly virtue, takes a tour of the art on her own walls for about a tenth of the entire poem. What is Shakespeare saying about the relevance of “reading” art and applying it to one’s own circumstances and experiences?Read More

The Shakespeare Hoax: School of Night kicks off Nov 6

Join us in the School of Night for a free three-part online Shakespeare Studies class with WSU Professor Michael Delahoyde. Our first class is The Shakespeare Hoax. Register here!   The Shakespeare Hoax November 6 9 p.m. Eastern / 6 p.m. Pacific Why does each avenue into the historical and biographical study of the StratfordRead More

Online Shakespeare Authorship Class – November 6, 13, & 20

Join Washington State University Professor of English Michael Delahoyde and The Shakespeare Underground on three evenings in November for School of Night, an interactive class. These live video webcasts will feature real-time discussion via chat and a Q&A session in which participants with webcams can appear onscreen and converse with the group. The Shakespeare HoaxRead More

Did John Florio edit Shakespeare’s First Folio?

In an article published in today’s Guardian, Saul Frampton sets out a case that John Florio, Italian linguist and poet at the English court, may have anonymously played a role in producing the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays. Modern scholars agree that actors John Heminges and Henry Condell, traditionally considered the Folio’s assemblers, were unlikelyRead More

Jim Jarmusch and John Hurt bond over “Anti-Stratfordian” views

In a May 25, 2013 Festival de Cannes interview on Jim Jarmusch’s new film Only Lovers Left Alive, director Jarmusch and actor John Hurt engage in an impromtu discussion of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. The 3-minute digression begins when Hurt is asked about his role as a centuries-old vampire Christopher Marlowe: “Well, I’m here basicallyRead More

Real People from Shakespeare’s History Plays on Pinterest

England’s Henry VI – weak king but successful ghost? Meet him (and others) on our new Pinterest board, Real People from Shakespeare’s History Plays.   King Henry VI (1421-1471). By age 1, Henry was King of England and France. A weak ruler who suffered incapacitating bouts of insanity, Henry was deposed twice. His power mayRead More

What is wrong with this picture?

  For centuries, questions and an aura of mystery have surrounded this portrait of William Shakespeare. The image appeared in the First Folio of 1623 and ever since, engraver Martin Droeshout has been castigated for this inept rendering. The slideshow above features criticism from dissatisfied, outraged — even suspicious — viewers. Hover your mouse overRead More

Tracking ideas with Google Ngram Viewer

Curious about the popularity of ideas over time? (Or terms, or spelling variations?) Here’s a fun tracking tool to play with: The Google Ngram Viewer. It charts the yearly count of n-grams, which are defined as phrases, words, or letter combinations. The resulting graph is based on usage in the 5+million books digitized by GoogleRead More

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