The Comedy of Julius Caesar (wait, what — oh, you get the picture)

Yesterday, we discussed the very limited uses of bawdy in Julius Caesar. It was a short entry. I don’t expect today’s to be much longer, as we’re discussing comedy in the play.

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The Bawdy of Julius Caesar (wait, what bawdy?)

Eric Partridge, in his (pretty much indispensable) work on the racy bits of the Bard, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, says of our current play under discussion, Julius Caesar:

After Richard II, the cleanest historical play; and cleaner even than A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest
  • Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge, 2008; pages 55

No lie, Mr. Partridge.

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Weak Conditions and Voluntary Wounds

In Act Two, Scene One, of Julius Caesar, we see the only interaction between the husband and wife duo of Brutus and Portia.

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Julius Caesar: History vs. Drama

Shakespeare is notorious for pliable history, that which he can bend, stretch, mold and work into any shape which pleases him and helps him make a dramatic (and–if you’re inclined–political) point. Remember Hotspur-as-contemporary-of-Hal (when he was actually older than Henry IV)? Or the ridiculous Tudor-centric retelling of the War of the Roses stuff in the Henry VI plays? Well, there’s nothing that bad in Julius Caesar, but there is some fudging of facts…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare, for the week ending Monday, November 24th, 2014

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This week’s Shakespeare news review includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was a tad too racy, “Shakespeare Corrected,” a 14 year-old Jennifer Lawrence tackling Shakespeare, and announcements for next year’s seasons at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Shakespeare Dallas, and Shakespeare’s Globe. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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Review: Shakespeare’s Globe King Lear US Tour (at UCSB)

Last Thursday, my wife Lisa and I hit the road to the University of California at Santa Barbara to catch the touring Shakespeare’s Globe production of King Lear, as its tour of the US is winding down. To call the production lean-and-mean would be insulting and would give the false impression that it seems to lack something.

This stripped-down production wants for very, VERY little.

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History: the Run-up to Rome and Julius Caesar

As we dive a little deeper into Julius Caesar, the play, let’s take a look at what leads up to the events of the play. In other words, what’s the context in which play begins? Well, the play begins with Julius Caesar, the man, returning for a triumph. But for what military victory?

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