Wow. What a day (so far–I write this Monday during a not-so-quiet respite at a wood-fired pizza place).
Here I am in Cedar City, Utah, for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University (enough Utahs in there for you?). Check out the promotional poster in my hotel’s window:
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.
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…
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…
OK, folks, you know me, always thinkin’…
And you know, I do workshops and presentations on Shakespeare. In the last year and a half, I’ve delivered talks on sonnets, blank verse, teaching Shakespeare, Shakespeare resources, the historical context of Julius Caesar, and Time in Romeo and Juliet.
But now I’m working on something new…
I had a great time last night (and this morning) on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, participating in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company‘s celebration of both the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, as well as the kick-off for their 20th anniversary season.
OK, so today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, a day I’m calling the Deathiversary. But ol’ Willy Shakes wouldn’t want you to be sad today. It’s a day for celebrating (just ask the RSC). Ah, what to do if you can’t get to JOE (Jolly Ol’ England)?
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!
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!”
Just a quick blast for today…
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And why am I telling you this?
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.
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…
As you may know (or may not, if you aren’t a compulsive reader of the blog), I’ve gone back to school to get my masters; I just started the program. In my first course, Graduate Studies in the English Language, I’ve had to do a couple of presentations. And I’m in the midst of writing my first scholastic paper in decades.
For those in Ventura County, California:
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!