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Shakespeare Saturdays: The Taming of the Shrew

Happy Saturday! I haven’t written about a Shakespeare play in a while so I’m tackling The Taming of the Shrew today, AKA the Shakespeare play that has caused me the most headaches. The Taming of the Shrew is a Shakespearean comedy and, while we may problematise its categorisation as a comedy today, it fits into… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: The Taming of the Shrew

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Top 3 Comedies

Happy Saturday! Today’s post is a quick look at my top three Shakespearean comedies. Let me know what your favourite comedy is in the comments! A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c.1595) Oh, what a magical play! MND is my favourite Shakespeare comedy by far and it’s almost perfect for me. I love the doubling of characters,… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Top 3 Comedies

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Troilus and Cressida

Happy Saturday! I haven’t written about a Shakespeare play in ages so I’m back today with a post about one of Shakespeare’s oddest plays: Troilus and Cressida. Troilus and Cressida is a Shakespearean ‘problem play’ that was probably written in 1602. It’s the only true problem play because it really doesn’t fit into any specific… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Troilus and Cressida

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An Introduction to English Renaissance Drama

In recent posts, I’ve introduced some of the common forms of prose and poetry in Renaissance England and in this post, I’ll be exploring Renaissance drama. This post is going to be a little different to the others since there are fewer forms of drama: general plays, masques, academic drama, and closet drama. I’m sure… Continue reading An Introduction to English Renaissance Drama

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Shakespeare Saturdays: John Ford (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #9)

Happy Saturday! I’m back with another post about one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries and this time we’re looking at John Ford. Ford actually started his dramatic career after Shakespeare’s death but he was a Jacobean playwright so I’m including him in this series. Where possible, I’ve linked to free versions of each text. Some links are… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: John Ford (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #9)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Dekker (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #8)

Happy Saturday! It has been a couple of months since I wrote about one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries but I’m back today with a post about Thomas Dekker. Enjoy… Thomas Dekker (c.1572 – 1632) was an English dramatist and pamphleteer. His career spanned both the late Elizabethan era, the entire Jacobean era, and the early years… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Dekker (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #8)

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Early Modern Mondays: Top 5 Tragedies

I’m starting a new monthly series on my blog called Early Modern Mondays and I just wanted to start this new series by exploring my top five early modern tragedies. These plays aren’t necessarily the “best” tragedies written during the era but they’re my favourites and I’ll explain why they’re my favourites in this post.… Continue reading Early Modern Mondays: Top 5 Tragedies