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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: Favourite Speeches

Who doesn’t love a good speech or soliloquy? They reveal so much about the characters who give them and they often touch upon some of the most important themes of the plays they’re featured in. I’ve chosen five of my favourite Shakespeare speeches to include in this post and I’d love for you to share… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Favourite Speeches

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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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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

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

Happy Saturday! Shakespeare Saturdays are back and I’m kicking things off with Much Ado About Nothing.  Probably written around 1598, Much Ado About Nothing is a Shakespearean comedy. It was published in quarto in 1600, where the title page states that the play was ‘sundry times publicly acted’, allowing the play to be dated to… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure, in my opinion, is one of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. That might be because I’m interested in early modern representations of religion (don’t ask) but Measure for Measure is certainly worth looking into. Measure for Measure was probably written in 1603 or 1604 but it wasn’t published until it appeared in the… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Measure for Measure