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.

Essays

A Post About That One Time the Country was Ruled by a Zombie Queen, or, Elizabeth’s BDE (Big Dead Energy)

How powerful a ruler was Queen Elizabeth I? Not even the inconvenience of being dead could prevent her from ordering people around. Or from exploding. In the month between her death and her funeral, the late Queen flaunted Big Dead Energy like no one else...

Education, Essays

Teaching Shakespeare at Key Stage 4: Language, Structure, and Form

I didn't know it at the time, but this essay marked a beginning for me: it was the first stage of a process of reflection, trial-and-error, mistakes and successes - a process that continues to this day.