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Online Shakespeare Course: Shakespeare After All with Harvard Faculty

Online Shakespeare Course: Shakespeare After All with Harvard Faculty
Marjorie Garber, PhD, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and American Literature and Language and of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University This free online Shakespeare course focuses on Shakespeare’s later plays beginning with Measure for Measure and ending with The Tempest. Building on the discussions of individual plays in Marjorie Garber’s book Shakespeare After All, this course takes note of key themes, issues, and interpretations of the plays, focusing on questions of genre, gender, politics, family relations, silence and speech, and cultural power from both above and below (royalty, nobility, and the court; clowns and fools). Designed as part lecture-presentation and part discussion, this is a course that is meant to be interactive, taking up topics generated by students as well as by the instructor. The lecture videos The Quicktime and MP3 formats are available for download, or you can play the Flash version directly. Introduction Troilus and Cressida Othello

What Shakespeare Sounded Like to Shakespeare: Reconstructing the Bard’s Original Pronunciation What did Shakespeare’s English sound like to Shakespeare? To his audience? And how can we know such a thing as the phonetic character of the language spoken 400 years ago? Shakespeare’s English is called by scholars Early Modern English (not, as many students say, “Old English,” an entirely different, and much older language). 1. 2. 3. Not everyone agrees on what Shakespeare's OP might have sounded like. You can hear an example of this kind of OP in the recording from Romeo and Juliet above. Whatever the conjecture, scholars tend to use the same set of criteria David Crystal outlines. If there's something about this accent, rather than it being difficult or more difficult for people to understand ... it has flecks of nearly every regional U.K. For more on this subject, don't miss this related post: Hear What Hamlet, Richard III & King Lear Sounded Like in Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and Twitter and share intelligent media with your friends.

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Shakespeare in eleven steps 1. Begin early.The Misses M-mv (now fifteen and seventeen) met the bard in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V ("O Kate! Nice customs curtsey to great kings"), but they fell in love with him (yes, at six and eight) during a Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. A rappin' Puck. A show-stealing Bottom. The grace and wonder of that stage. They became hooked -- for life. (On the other hand, their older brother met and became hooked on Will during the same CST production (staged a few years earlier) of Dream but didn't fall in love until a few months later, when he watched Julius Caesar, with Jason Robbards as Brutus and Charlton Heston as Mark Antony.) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. ■ Asimov, Isaac. 9. 10. And your older students? For example, eight years ago... And last year... From Harold Bloom: Bardolatry, the worship of Shakespeare, ought to be even more a secular religion than it already is. What we've covered in the last few years:

William Shakespeare Biography William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. Synopsis William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Mysterious Origins Known throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities and metropolises for more than 400 years. Early Life Though no birth records exist, church records indicate that a William Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564. Located 103 miles west of London, during Shakespeare's time Stratford-upon-Avon was a market town bisected with a country road and the River Avon. Scant records exist of William's childhood, and virtually none regarding his education. Married Life William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582, in Worcester, in Canterbury Province. Theatrical Beginnings Establishing Himself Writing Style Early Works: Histories and Comedies

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An infographic that keeps track of all of Shakespeare's deaths for you I remember watching Titus. Damn uncomfortable movie. SExpand But visually stunning. Still one of my favorite opening scenes. The kid is playing war with his toys and is delivered to a stadium where real soldiers march in like clockwork toys. Oh, hey, don't get me wrong. It's just that Shakespeare's goal was to write a disturbing and tragical play that the movie succeeded in accomplishing to the degree that it made me uncomfortable. P.S. : Really? It's what you get for jumping in a time machine and coming to the future with your archaic English vocabulary. Assuming by archaic, you mean educated, and by educated you mean graduated 6th grade, then yes. One of my FAVORITE adaptations of my FAVORITE Shakespeare play.

Early Modern English Prior to and following the accession of James I to the English throne in 1603 the emerging English standard began to influence the spoken and written Middle Scots of Scotland. Modern readers of English are generally able to understand texts written in the late phase of the Early Modern English period (e.g. the first edition of the King James Bible and the works of William Shakespeare), while texts from the earlier phase (such as Le Morte d'Arthur) may present more difficulties. The Early Modern English of the early 17th century forms the base of the grammatical and orthographical conventions that survive in Modern English. History[edit] English Renaissance[edit] Transition from Middle English[edit] The change from Middle English to Early Modern English was not just a matter of vocabulary or pronunciation changing; it was the beginning of a new era in the history of English. Tudor period (1485–1603), English Renaissance Henry VIII[edit] Elizabethan English[edit] Elizabethan era (1558–1603)

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