I’ll have to hold off on responding to your ask until tomorrow, unfortunately. I’ve gotta make dinner now, and of course you WOULD choose the questions that require the most thought.
Anonymous asked: 9, 30, and what did you think of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet?
9) Favorite book or article about Shakespeare?
If I can only choose one, I’ll go old school and say Shakespeare’s Imagery and What it Tells Us by Caroline Spurgeon.
30) True or False: Chiwetel Ejiofor is the sexiest Shakespearean actor alive.
Probably the truest shit ever.
RE: Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet; I think it’s pretty awful, to be honest, but…I actually saw that film at the theater at the time of its release. It is, to this day, the only film I’ve ever attended where I was the only person in the theater. I remember there was supposed to be an intermission, and one of the ushers opened the door, saw that I was the only one in there, and was like, “Fuck it. Keep the projector rolling.”
profmel asked: 1,3,28
1) First Shakespeare play you read.
I read Romeo and Juliet in school, but Macbeth was the first one I read on my own.
3) Favorite film adaptation of a Shakespeare play.
28) Most underrated Shakespeare play.
Maybe The Winter’s Tale? So much going on in that play.
northerngospel said:3, 13, 23
3) Favorite film adaptation of a Shakespeare play.
Grigori Kozintsev’s adaptation of King Lear (1971).
13) What play would you most like to see performed live?
I would love to see an unexpurgated adaptation of King John.; one where Queen Eleanor and Lady Constance are dominant figures, as they are in the text.
23) Have you ever acted in a production of Shakespeare?
I’ve never done any acting at all. People would look at me. It would be the worst.
- First Shakespeare play you read.
- On a scale from Henry VI to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, how diabolical are you?
- Favorite film adaptation of a Shakespeare play.
- Most execrable adaptation of a Shakespeare play.
- Which of Shakespeare’s clowns/fools is your favorite (e.g., Touchstone, Pompey, etc.)?
- Which Shakespearean character do you aspire to be?
- Which Shakespearean character is most like you?
- Apart from Helena Bonham Carter’s Ophelia, is there anything salvageable in the 1990 adaptation of Hamlet?
- Favorite book or article about Shakespeare?
- What actress/actor—living or dead—would make the best Hamlet?
- Which characters do you ship, if you’re about that?
- Other than Shakespeare, who is your favorite author (of any time period, not specifically the early modern period)?
- What play would you most like to see performed live?
- If you were to be romantically entangled with a character from Shakespeare, who would you like it to be?
- Do you think Hal/Henry V is a hero?
- Favorite comedy.
- Favorite history.
- Favorite drama.
- Least favorite comedy.
- Least favorite history.
- Least favorite drama.
- Which of the plays—in your opinion—qualify as “problem plays”?
- Have you ever acted in a production of Shakespeare?
- How many times have you seen Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet?
- Who is the most powerful woman in Shakespeare?
- Funniest scene in any of the plays.
- What actress/actor—living or dead—would make the best Lady Macbeth?
- Most underrated Shakespeare play.
- In what format do you prefer to read Shakespeare (paperback, PDF, e-book, etc.)?
- True or False: Chiwetel Ejiofor is the sexiest Shakespearean actor alive.
caseyresci said:thanks so much! I’m doing The Roaring Girl and I’m especially interested in the representation of vagrants/rogues/what Patricia Fumerton calls “low” subjectivities in the city comedy at this particular moment. there is a great canting scene
Oh my god! The Roaring Girl is just the best and your paper will rule!
Also, while I am fine with being called baby—all endearments are welcome—I want to remind my followers that I am a cisgender man and, as such, I won’t be reciprocating those endearments, because I’m about mitigating my reprehensibleness.
caseyresci said:talk to me baby im writing about the early modern city comedy and subject formation for a queering the renaissance class
The class you’re taking sounds really cool. (Are you studying Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday? I like that one a lot, and I’m for sure going to blog about it at some point, maybe alongside Coriolanus.) Shakespeare’s relation to City Comedy is surprisingly complicated, as he never set his plays in contemporary London; many of his plays enact events that took place in the medieval period (the English history plays), and he frequently used non-English settings for others, such as Rome, Venice, Verona, Milan, Alexandria, Vienna, etc. And yet, regardless of the stated setting and the language used to evoke that setting, Shakespeare’s plays are ALWAYS simultaneously and anachronistically populated by then-contemporary Londoners. In her book Stages of History, Phyllis Rackin makes this point much more succinctly than I can: “The same association of anachronistic modernity with social lowering can be seen in Shakespeare’s representations of plebeian characters. If his feudal aristocrats and kings are degraded by allusions that associate them with the emergent bourgeoisie of late sixteenth-century England, his plebeian characters have no place at all in the past, living instead in an eternal Elizabethan present. Shakespeare locates his highborn men in a variety of historical worlds, but his commoners belong to the ephemeral present moment of theatrical performance, the modern, and socially degraded, world of the Renaissance theater.” If you can get your hands on Alexander Leggatt’s Citizen Comedy in the Age of Shakespeare, you’ll be in good shape. And, since it’s a quote from Jean E. Howard to which you’re responding, I can’t not recommend her book Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy, 1598-1642 . It doesn’t have the same relevance to your topic that the Leggatt book does, but I can’t imagine you not loving it and finding it useful in all kinds of ways.
— Marilyn French, Shakespeare’s Division of Experience
'Tis beauty that doth oft make women proud;
But, God he knows, thy share thereof is small:
‘Tis virtue that doth make them most admired;
The contrary doth make thee wonder’d at:
‘Tis government that makes them seem divine;
The want thereof makes thee abominable:
Thou art as opposite to every good
As the Antipodes are unto us,
Or as the south to the septentrion.
O tiger’s heart wrapt in a woman’s hide!
—Shakespeare, 3 Henry VI, Act I, Scene IV
- orangeapplesauce asked:1, 13, 15, 20, 26
1. Julius Caesar was the first play I read. We read that and Antigone in one of my literature classes in middle school.
13. What play would you...
like if ur an adult person on here and u dont take into account that most bloggers are younger and like act accordingly, im just like gonna assume u...
- “The child sees everything in a state of newness. He is always drunk. […] but genius is nothing more than childhood recovered at will.”
- I got the BBC audio CDs of the Scottish Play at the library today
Listening to it driving home, this speech came on right at sundown: