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Podcast 155: Cymbeline — a bit o’ bawdy, a speech, and burlesque [EXPLICIT]

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This week’s podcast continues our two-month discussion of Cymbeline. We’re going to start off with a look at bawdy in the play, an exploration of one of the great speeches from the play, and a review of a fun little bit of non-Cymbeline-related bawdiness.

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Cymbeline and bawdiness: in with a villain, out with a clown

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Eric Partridge, in his study of and dictionary for the bawdy in the Bard, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, has this to say about our play: “Cymbeline in many ways resembles The Winter’s Tale, which is slightly less bawdy but rather more sexual. They are of much the same quantitative order as All’s Well.” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 58). OK, so, we haven’t read The Winter’s Tale yet (that’s next), but we have read All’s Well, and that play’s got some dirt, but isn’t that dirty. I know, not very helpful.

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Podcast 150: Coriolanus: bawdy, homosociality, homo-eroticism, more [NOT EXPLICIT]

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This week’s podcast continues our discussion of Coriolanus with a look at bawdy in the play (and there’s not a whole lot there there), homosociality, homo-eroticism, and a real mother of a character, as well as shameless self-promotion.

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Coriolanus: Bawdy (heh, heh, the title has “anus” in it)

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First of all, there’s not a whole lot of bawdy in Coriolanus. Eric Partridge, the author of the great Shakespeare’s Bawdy, sums it up: “possesses a few more particularities than Macbeth, yet, in its general effect, even less ‘objectionable’” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 47), and he called Macbeth the purist of the tragedies. So as a cop on the bawdy beat, I’m almost tempted to wave you off, and say, “Move along, nothing to see here…”

Almost. But that would be shirking my duty… (heh heh, he said, “duty”…)

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Happy (pre-)Valentine’s Day–Pericles: bawdy or just ‘unsavory’?

Happy (pre-) Valentine’s Day! and in that spirit…

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So. Pericles and the bawdy. Given that Act Four takes place mostly in a brothel, you know it’s going to bring the bawdy. But what does our Bard of the Bawdy, Eric Partridge say in his Shakespeare’s Bawdy?

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Podcast 144: Pericles: bawdy, non-bawdy, videos, questions [EXPLICIT]

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This week’s podcast continues our discussion of Pericles with a look at bawdy in the play, the video version available out there, some random questions about the play, as well as shameless self-promotion.

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Podcast 140: Timon of Athens: dirty bits and writing credits [EXPLICIT]

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This week’s podcast continues our three month-long discussion of Timon of Athens with a look at bawdy in the play as well as (co-)authorship questions.

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Bawdy Timon: misanthropic? How ‘bout misogynistic?

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Eric Partridge, in his study of and dictionary for the bawdy in the Bard, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, has this to say about our play:
Timon of Athens is, in III vi–the end, the most misanthropic of Shakespeare’s plays, sexually as well as generally. Quantitatively comparable with All’s Well, Hamlet, Lear”  (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 57).

A refresher on how we felt about the bawdy in those plays:

So. Caution: this is not going to be pretty…

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Podcast 137: Antony and Cleopatra: Bawdy and the Barge [EXPLICIT]

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This week’s podcast continues our three month-long discussion of Antony and Cleopatra with a quick look at bawdy in the play, then a look at Enobarbus’ “the barge” speech.

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Antony and Cleopatra: Leaving Bawdy-ville [EXPLICIT]

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A couple of days back, I took a look at the bawdy-ful opening act of Antony and Cleopatra. It wasn’t really vulgar, but it was dirty.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the play… (the more clean-minded of you are excused)

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Antony and Cleopatra: Return of the Badass Bawdy [EXPLICIT]

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OK, it’s that time of the month, er, discussion cycle… We’re going to Bawdy-ville, located somewhere between Rome and Alexandria. So, the usual caveats apply (maybe even a little more so) for Antony and Cleopatra.

This is your last chance…

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Macbeth: Mac-Bawdy? not so much

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First of all, there’s not a whole lot of bawdy in Macbeth. Or as Eric Partridge, the author of the great Shakespeare’s Bawdy, puts it: “Macbeth is the ‘purest’ of the Tragedies and, except for the Porter Scene, pure by any criterion” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 47). It’s almost as if the play itself said, “Unsex me here” (I.v.40).

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Podcast 131: Macbeth: Bawdy, plus Tomorrow, Unsex Me

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This week’s podcast continues our two month-long discussion of Macbeth with a quick look at bawdy in the play (there’s not much), then a longer look at two major speeches in the play (“Tomorrow” and [not at all ironically] “Unsex me here”).

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Podcast 128: King Lear: Bawdy, plus Nothing

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This week’s podcast continues our three month-long discussion of King Lear with a look at bawdy in the play, then in in the second half we’ll talk about nothing.

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King Lear: next stop–Bawdy-ville [EXPLICIT]

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You know me. I love the bawdy. But as we go through King Lear, I’m feeling very much like I felt during Hamlet–that this play sucks the fun out of the bawdy.

I’m not alone in that opinion. Eric Partridge, in his great dictionary of dirt in the Bard, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, says about the same:

King Lear: compare the remarks at Hamlet, than which it is, however, both less witty in its witty-sexual passages and less eloquent and impressive in its sexual invectives.
  • Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 57

And unlike the old Miller Lite beer commercials, I really can’t say, “Less witty. Reads great!” Continue reading King Lear: next stop–Bawdy-ville [EXPLICIT]