Category Archives: presentation

English Paper: Prometheus as Byronic Hero, from Frankenstein to Battlestar Galactica

Today, a break from Cymbeline

As many of you know, I’ve gone back to school (part-time) to get my Masters; I’m kicking off my seventh course, now, “Renaissance and Restoration Literature.” A couple of month ago, I posted my “Literary Criticism” paper where I discussed Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, through Marxist and Deconstructionist theories. Late last year, I took a course on the Romantics, and I wrote a paper on the concept of the Byronic Hero, as seen in the mythical figure of Prometheus; the “Modern Prometheus” of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; and a kind of “postmodern Frankenstein” in Battlestar Galactica‘s Gaius Baltar.

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English Paper: The Handmaid’s Tale shot through two critical lenses

Today, another break (this one post-inaugural) from Pericles:

As many of you know, I’ve gone back to school (part-time) to get my Masters; I’m in the midst of my fifth course, now, “Shakespeare” (I figured I wanted something in my wheelhouse given rehearsals and the run of Much Ado coming up…), and a month ago, I posted my “20th Century American Fiction” paper where I linked Kevin Powers’ Iraqi War novel The Yellow Birds to Hamlet

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English Paper: Iraqi War Vet as Hamlet Analog

Today, a break from Timon of Athens:

As many of you know, I’ve gone back to school (part-time) to get my Masters; I’m in the midst the fourth course, “British Romanticism,” but for the last class, “20th Century American Fiction,” I had to write a 15-20-page paper. Why do I mention this? Because, believe it or not, I was able to tie The Yellow Birds (an Iraqi war novel) to Shakespeare…

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Save the Date [UPDATE!]: April 23 — Kingsmen Shakespeare Company anniversary celebration!

A couple of weeks back, I announced that the weekend of April 23, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will be celebrating the death-iversary with what they’re calling “a special, community-inclusive Bard-Day bash to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s life and works!”

At that time, I teased not only my participation but that more details would be coming.

And arrive they have!

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Save the Date: April 23 — Kingsmen Shakespeare Company anniversary celebration!

On Saturday, April 23 — yes, that’s the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (or deathiversary, as I like to call it) — the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will be celebrating the day with what they’re calling “a special, community-inclusive Bard-Day bash to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s life and works!”

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Teachers Pay Teachers

Greetings!

Just a quick blast for today…

For those who haven’t heard of a great teaching resource (or a great resources for teaching resources), check out Teachers Pay Teachers, where teachers who have created great resources (handouts, lessons, units, worksheets, and the like), can upload and have other teachers download these resources to make their own teaching better.  (could I use “resources” more in a single sentence? I think not.) The creators can charge for their work (or they can offer it free).

Teachers Pay Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers

And why am I telling you this?

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English Paper: Shakespeare Shakes Free

As I mentioned a few months back, I’ve gone back to school to get my masters; I’ve just completed the first course, Graduate Studies in the English Language, and for the class, I’ve had to do a couple of presentations, plus a paper. Over past few weeks, I posted the first presentation on word formation and blending, and then the second on shades of meaning in Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Those were just a warm-up for the final project, a paper discussing the stylistic elements that are found in three of Shakespeare’s sonnets and how they are reflective of his body of work.

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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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Save the Date: October 2

For those in Ventura County, California:

On October 2, 2015, the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) will be presenting Library Learning Day 2015, taking place at the VCOE Conference Center in Camarillo.

I’ll be presenting a workshop “Shakespeare in the Secondary: resources, films, books, websites and apps” for high school librarians and teachers (though none of the material is inappropriate for grades 6-8).

Details coming soon!

OLLI Workshop(ping) Ideas

A couple of weeks back, I put out a call for ideas for a possible OLLI course.

For those who need a recap, the mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is to provide intellectually stimulating lifelong learning opportunities geared toward people age 50 and up. OLLI is affiliated with the California State University at Channel Islands.

So, I’ve been bouncing around some ideas inside my skull, and I think I’ve hit upon one good enough to let out. Let me know what you think…

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