Conference Papers, Essays

‘Fake news!’: Julius Caesar and the “alternative facts” of Shakespeare’s Rome

Friends, readers, countrymen - lend me your ears! In what follows I will attempt to link the tragedy of Julius Caesar to: a grammar school education and rhetorical devices, the death of Queen Elizabeth, the lives of a penniless troupe of actors, early modern medical theory, and tenuous references to Donald Trump’s “alternative facts”. Let’s see how this goes.

3-Minute Reads

3-Minute Reads // “Give me your hand”: Lady Macbeth’s dying wish

LADY MACBETH Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh! [...] Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown. Look not so pale.—I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on ’s grave. DOCTOR Even so? LADY MACBETH To bed,… Continue reading 3-Minute Reads // “Give me your hand”: Lady Macbeth’s dying wish


Review: “Tromeo and Juliet” (1997), dir. Lloyd Kaufman

Tromeo and Juliet is a schlock horror adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that, in its own distasteful way, possesses much more charm and intelligence than one might expect from a film which transforms Juliet into a cow-monster. In this review, I sift through the grotesque humour and terrible jokes in order to uncover some interesting new perspectives on a well-studied tragedy.