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Too busy to update!

Shakespeare has been put on a brief hold because I finally found the urge to really work again. My first dissertation chapter (a draft, anyway) is near completion and will be turned in on Tuesday! Hooray! Break out the good stuff cause I am up for a celebration!

Next on the list....

The Taming of the Shrew

I have enlisted the help of my friend Kelly with The Taming of the Shrew. I read it so long ago, but I don't remember it well...though I do remember it well enough to know that the Taylor/Burton version is heavily altered. So, it will be interesting to read it again.



Originally, I planned to read Coriolanus, but I came across some criticism today that said that Cymbeline was a type of sequel to Antony and Cleopatra (not literally, of course, but thematically). So, while A & C is still fresh in my head, I want to read it.

More to come! (I know that you are dying of excitement.)

Trying to get back in the game...

Well, I am writing actively on my dissertation again...and it is a very painful process. Today, however, I finally felt like I obtained a firm hold on how to begin the chapter/article, so hopefully I can crank out a solid draft by the end of the weekend. Considering that my students just turned in their first papers, getting this done as soon as possible would be my best possible plan!

Meanwhile, I am excited that we will be entering the "Victorian Unit" in my class. I don't feel as worn out by the Romantics as I usually do by this time, but I am happy to move on...mainly because it means that time is passing. The next few weeks, especially, will be busy.

Other than that...not much is going on. It is, however, my cousin Jessica's birthday!!! Happy Birthday, Jess!!! I love you!

"Measure for Measure"

Well, for those of you who don't know, I am making it a goal to read all of Shakespeare's plays. My reason: I find it amazing and horrifying that it is not required of me to do so. The PhD in lit is a very concentrated thing that only requires me to read in a very small area. But the problem is that so much of literature--and especially Victorian literature--references Shakespeare.

I am taking my education into my own hands, people. So, here is the rundown...

I have read and, most importantly, remember the following plays:

Hamlet (read several times)
Macbeth (read several times)
The Tempest (taught several times)
King Lear (taught several times)
Antony and Cleopatra (read several times and just read it again, obviously)
Romeo and Juliet

I have read but do not remember:

All's Well that Ends Well
A Midsummer-Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Julius Caesar
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Taming of the Shrew

I have never read what remains in the bibliography of plays. So, I…

Expanding blog posts

Yes...sometimes it just happens. I constantly edit and add to and cut from my blog posts. So, the one you read the first time may not be the same a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days later! But, hey. That is the charm of me.

Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra"...

From commentary by Andrew Bradley (1906):

On Antony:

"...we sympathise warmly with Antony, are greatly drawn to him, and are inclined to regard him as a noble nature half spoiled by his time...His nature tends to splendid action and lusty enjoyment. But he is neither a mere soldier nor a mere sensualist. He has imagination, the temper of an artist who revels in abundant and rejoicing appetites, feasts his senses on the glow and richness of life, flings himself into its mirth and revelry, yet feels the poetry in all this...When he meets Cleopatra he finds his Absolute. She satisfies, nay glorifies, his whole being...To love her is what he was born for. What have the gods in heaven to say against it? To imagine heaven is to imagine her; to die is to rejoin her. To deny that this is love is the madness of morality. He gives her every atom of his heart...He is more than love's pilgrim; he is love's martyr."

On Cleopatra:
"Cleopatra stands in a group with Hamlet and …

"Reflections in a Golden Eye"

"Son, have you ever been collared and dragged out in the street and thrashed by a naked woman?" (Leonora in Reflections in a Golden Eye)

I had to post about this one...I just saw Reflections in a Golden Eye (Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando). AMAZING. Taylor and Brando are phenomenal in this film. I had never heard of it until I read Furious Love. I found a copy on Amazon for $1.99...and I am sooooo glad that I bought it (even though the shipping cost more than the DVD).

The movie is based off of a Carson McCullers novel (same title...reading it now). You can search for the synopsis on Wikipedia--but, like all things Wikipedia, the summary doesn't do it justice. You can also watch a really bad trailer on YouTube. Still, I have to recommend this movie. It is beautiful and disturbing. Taylor is always genius when playing a Southern Gothic character. Brando is haunting as well.

Favorite line: "Firebird is a stallion."

You will just have to watch it to understa…

Beginning of the Semester Funk

The summer is fun. Then, the students come back with their cars and lots of other stuff. During the first couple of weeks of school (and on into the semester), they get drunk, do things in the streets that are entirely inappropriate, and generally avoid reality as long as they can before figuring out that they actually have to start turning in assignments and taking tests.

This happens around week 3. We are almost in week 3.

Still, these folks bring something else back to school with them as well: the germs from their last fling of the summer...i.e.: the beginning of the semester funk that goes around.

And now I have it. Sore throat and all. It happens every year.