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Podcast 128: King Lear: Bawdy, plus Nothing

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[WARNING: The the first half of the following podcast contains adult language, sexual imagery, and stuff to make you say, “Man, that’s a dirty play.” You HAVE been warned. SKIP TO THE 10:10 MARK IF EASILY OFFENDED.]

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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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[secondary note: I usually like to say that these bawdy blogs contain “sophomoric humor”… but this one’s pretty much humorless… sorry]

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]

Carpet F-Bombing the Bawdy, Part Two

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OK, yesterday, I recounted my love for bawdy, and discussed what Eric Partridge said about Othello in his great dictionary of the dirty stuff, Shakespeare’s Bawdy: Othello is “slightly … bawdier” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 57) than Measure for Measure, and that the pair make up “Shakespeare’s most sexual, most bawdy plays” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, 57). As I mentioned yesterday, I can’t argue that. In Othello, the sexuality is so pervasive as to make it commonplace.

With sex, sex organs, and lust out of the way, let’s take a look at whores…

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Carpet F-Bombing the Bawdy, Part One

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Anybody who’s spent any time on this blog knows I love the good, raunchy, dirty bit o’ bawdy. (sometimes too much) But I’m not alone… Shakespeare had quite the wicked wit himself, and he planted enough naughty bits to keep me occupied–usually happily–in every play. Back in Hamlet, though, I noted a disturbing trend: the increase of dirty concurrent with the decrease of fun. Troilus and Cressida got a little fun back, but ended diseased. All’s Well That Ends Well was a journey–a slog, really–from virginity to prostitution. And Measure for Measure? Well, sexuality so pervasive that even the bawdy stuff is subconscious.

So, where does that leave us with Othello?

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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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