Category Archives: bawdy

Podcast 121: Othello: Busting out with the Bawdy

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[WARNING: The following podcast contains adult language, sexual imagery, and words to make your mama blush. Skip and wait for Podcast 122 if easily offended. You HAVE been warned.]

This week’s podcast continues our three month-long discussion of Othello with a little nudge-nudge wink-wink, a lot of dirty innuendo and some not-so-sexy talk. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, no?

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An Apology

I have been contacted by Dr. Pauline Kiernan, author of a favorite reference book of mine, Filthy Shakespeare. My tone in referencing her work has offended her, and I apologize sincerely.

In the coming days, as I get over the death of my father, I’ll be redacting the blog entries that include references to her work. The podcasts will take a big longer, but they, too, will be edited; until that point, I will remove those podcasts altogether.

Again, I apologize for the offense, and I still urge readers to pick up the book.

English Presentation 2: Shades of Meaning – Three Shakespearean Sonnets

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I’ve gone back to school to get my masters; I’m in the home stretch for the first course, Graduate Studies in the English Language, and for the class, I’ve had to do a couple of presentations. And two weeks ago, I posted the first one, on word formation and blending.

At that point, I promised another one, this one focused on Shakespeare. And here it is…

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Sexuality so pervasive that even the bawdy is subconscious

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A few weeks back, I bemoaned how Measure for Measure is timeless, but almost too timely. The play’s Vienna is rampant with sexuality, most of it rancid. So is our current world.

We live in the world of Measure for Measure.

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Podcast 116: Measure for Measure: Big, Big Bawdy

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[WARNING: The following podcast contains adult language, sexual imagery, sophomoric humor and words to make your mama blush. Skip and wait for Podcast 117 if easily offended. You HAVE been warned.]

This week’s podcast continues our two month-long discussion of Measure for Measure with a whole lotta nudge-nudge wink-wink, dirty innuendo, and some not-so-sexy talk.

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Podcast 111: All’s Well That Ends Well: Rings, Things and a Lil’ Bit a Bawdy

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[WARNING: The following podcast contains adult language, sexual imagery, sophomoric humor and stuff to make your mama blush. Skip and wait for Podcast 112 if easily offended. You HAVE been warned.]

This week’s podcast continues our two month-long discussion of All’s Well That Ends Well with a whole lotta nudge-nudge wink-wink and sexy talk.

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All’s Well That Ends Well: Welcome to Rossillion, next stop Bawdyville!

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When I first read Act One, Scene One of All’s Well That Ends Well, I thought bawdiness was ushered in by Parolles. But on a second reading, I see Shakespeare priming the nudge-wink pump with some very VERY subtle bawdiness from Helena. Continue reading All’s Well That Ends Well: Welcome to Rossillion, next stop Bawdyville!

Podcast 106: Troilus and Cressida: Bawdy, Videos, but not Bawdy Videos

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This week’s podcast continues our two month-long discussion of Troilus and Cressida with a overview of the videos available and a discussion of bawdy in the play.

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Troilus and Cressida: The Trip to Bawdy-ful, Part Three–lost in disease

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A couple of days back, I kicked off our Trip to Bawdy-ful and our exploration of bawdy in Troilus and Cressida. Yesterday, I looked at the view of homosexuality in the play (both negative/bawdy and positive/touching). Today, let’s slip back into the purely bawdy and nasty, as we look at what is one of the final destinations of sex: disease.

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Troilus and Cressida: The Trip to Bawdy-ful, Part Two–taking the back road

Yesterday, I began the trip to Bawdy-ful, i.e. Troilus and Cressida, with a look at the basic signposts along the way. Today, let’s take a back-road, so to speak, with a look at the depiction of homosexuality in the play.

In the project thus far, there hasn’t been a lot homosexuality explicitly depicted in the plays. Sure, there were some overly obsessed male friendships (see The Two Gentlemen of Verona) and a subtle unrequited homosexual love (see The Merchant of Venice), but nothing requited, returned, or anywhere near positive.

That ends here.

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Troilus and Cressida: The Trip to Bawdy-ful, Part One–signs along the way

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According to Eric Partridge’s discussion of the naughty bits in Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Troilus and Cressida is “only slightly bawdier than Hamlet” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 57). I’m not sure I buy the “only slightly” (given I know I spent two entries on Hamlet’s nudge-nudge wink-wink, and I figure it’ll take three to do Troilus and Cressida’s), but I would agree to his addendum: “yet, all in all, it leaves a nasty taste in the literary mouth” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, 57).

And, of course, now I’m thinking back on the statement I made about the bawdy in Hamlet… that it has had the fun sucked out of the bawdy… that would indeed lead to that “nasty taste in the literary mouth.”

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Podcast 101: Hamlet and sucking the fun out of Bawdy

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This week’s podcast continues our three month-long discussion of Hamlet with a long stretch of bawdy, and a little discussion about text (not sex, but text).

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