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Summer of the Shrew Part Deaux: Katherine’s Ironic Speech

The speech that Katherine gives at the end of The Taming of the Shrew has been the subject of much discussion.  Is this speech meant to be interpreted on face value, or is it ironic? Much of this is due … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Shortcomings

Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” plays that are, on the surface comedies, but have difficulties that rebel against the comedy.  The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and All’s Well That Ends Well are among … Continue reading

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Taming of the Shrew Commentary : Quick Hit

I did spend some time reading commentary for Taming of the Shrew.  Harold Bloom has wonderful collections of literary criticism over the centuries.  I am working through the 20th century at this point.  To me, the most surprising pieces were … Continue reading

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Hating the Great Books

I was subbing a few days ago in a local high school. The students were working on assignments, and talking, but not terribly loudly. At one point, several students were discussing The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Several students stated, … Continue reading

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The finale for the summer of Hamlet

I was hoping to review Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet, but I don’t think I’ll have time. So, what is the perfect way to end the summer of Hamlet? How about Maximillian Shell performing Hamlet in German dubbed into English for 1960 … Continue reading

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What does Hamlet Do?

One of the ongoing debates regarding Hamlet is whether or not Hamlet is, as many critics contend, Hamlet is “unable to make up his mind.”  In the mind of critics such as Coleridge and Goethe, Hamlet is a thinker, and … Continue reading

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Hamlet the Prince: Thoughts on the Royal Baby, the Lion King, and Hamlet

Ok, the royal baby has had his first photo op before his name.  Royals have different priorities than us mere mortals, I suppose.  Anyway, I wanted to talk about the royal baby (as well as the Lion King) and the … Continue reading

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