A long time ago, a young man became lord of all space and time. He saw things that no human eye had ever seen; heard what no human ear had ever heard. He danced to the music of the sunlight and stared up at the stars. He listened to songs of sunflowers. His kingdom was vast, and glorious, and dreadful. And he was alone in it...
The following paper was originally presented at the “Making Connections” London Shakespeare Centre Graduate Conference, held at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, February 2018 (the location of the conference is relevant to the content of the paper!). It's one of the most enjoyable things I've written in many years, and I'm proud of what it represents. Enjoy!
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.
One of my favourite ghost stories that I came across while researching my undead-themed PhD thesis. Don't expect too much in terms of in-depth analysis; this is all about the spooky thrills...! *insert thunder-clap here*
Critics are starting to come around to the idea that the "Bad Quarto" of "Hamlet" may have something worthwhile to offer after all - and it's a good thing too!
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
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.