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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 Related:  Tools of Interestliterature

Bind your own books In today's creative environment, where promotional material is routinely sent in the form of a digital file via email, a handmade self-promotional book can make a cost-effective, personal and unique alternative to help you stand out. In this tutorial, I'll explain how to bind a book in a few easy steps. We'll cover some important tips for setting up page spreads and cover templates in Adobe's InDesign, as well as the essential tools and techniques you need to bind your own books. If you need any bookbinding materials, a good source is Shepherds Falkiners. Promotion Software: InDesign CS3 or later Skills: Create page templates in InDesign, perfect your binding and stitching techniques Download the support file here 01. First, set up your book's page template in InDesign by creating a new document. 02. When you're ready to print, export your document as a PDF and, under Marks and Bleeds, tick Crop Marks, and Use Document Bleed Settings. Experiment with paper stocks to see which works best.

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Quotations from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure Famous Quotations from Measure for Measure Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, ’t were all alike As if we had them not. He was ever precise in promise-keeping. (1.2.69) Good counsellors lack no clients (1.2.97) The demi-god, Authority. (1.2.120) We have strict statutes and most biting laws. (1.3.21) Now, as fond fathers, Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Only to stick it in their children's sight For terror, not to use, in time the rod Becomes more mocked than feared; so our decrees, Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead, And liberty plucks justice by the nose; The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart Goes all decorum. (1.3.23) He arrests him on it; And follows close the rigour of the statute, To make him an example. (1.4.70) Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. (2.1.42) O! O!

The Best Music for Writing, Reading, and Studying – StudySuccessful | Living a successful college life This is a guest post by the writing team of BusinessInsuance, if you would like to feature a guest post send me an email! I know. Not everyone prefers listening to music while studying or reading or writing or creating art or whatever. But I think most of us can agree that it’s nice to have music around for activities like these. They can help set a pace for your project, break up the monotony, and (in their greater moments) inspire us. Sigur Rós What music is better for working and proving something of yourself than an epic dream-like post-rock band from Iceland that uses a hybrid of Icelandic and English and bowstrings on their guitars? Most of Sigur Rós’ albums are great for any quiet creative or knowledge work, but in particular, Takk…, Agaetis Byrjun, and (). Do Make Say Think While Do Make Say Think (DMST) falls under the post-rock genre, it sounds quite different than most post-rock bands. The Field Yo La Tengo Some of you may be thinking, “Yo La Tengo has lyrics. Flying Lotus Battles

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.

Most underrated songs by the most overrated artists. Songs for when you’re stuck in the friend zone… Requested by Big Teddy Bear · Compiled by BFFE Man, do I know the feeling. 01. Music to find yourself and start all over again to Requested by NLJ89 · Compiled by Bathtub Drain Epiphany These tracks have gotten me through changing majors, applying for grad school, breaking up and the everyday meltdown. 01. songs to drown out the construction going on outside my dorm Requested by rawdrey · Compiled by quomodo Some of these may be headache-inducing, especially in a row, but I think musical cacophony is always preferable to construction cacophony. 01. waving from the Antarctica Requested by drSnow · Compiled by Real Gone 01. music to perform to on a lonely bed Requested by mynahBrrd · Compiled by a plebeian 01. i should be sleeping, but i’m worried about you and thinking about him Requested by dk mermaid · Compiled by birdsvsworms This is a modified version of my “generic depressed night-time” play list. Side A 01. Side B 01. 01. 01. SIDE A. 01.

funny books It's a dreary day, so I thought I'd indulge myself and come up with a list of my favorite comedies. A caveat, however: this is not a fancy English-professor-y list of the finest, most exquisitely crafted, most erudite or intellectually sophisticated works on paper in the language. This is a list of the books that make me laugh until my mascara starts to run. These are books to read over your first cup of coffee or just before you go to sleep . Remember: a day you've laughed is day you haven't wasted--even if you didn't get out of bed. Some days you need a jump-start to get to the funny parts of life. You've probably heard of most of these titles, and maybe you've already read several of them. You ready? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. And of course this is just the beginning.

Measure for Measure Study Guide - William Shakespeare The growing political and moral corruption of Vienna is a great worry to its kindly, temperate ruler, Duke Vincentio. Knowing that he himself is as much to blame for the troubles as anyone because he has been lax in the enforcement of existing laws, the duke tries to devise a scheme to revive the old discipline of civic authority. Fearing that reforms instituted by himself might seem too harsh for his people to accept without protest, he decides to appoint a deputy governor and to leave the country for a while. Angelo, a respected and intelligent city official, seems just the man for the job. The duke turns over the affairs of Vienna to Angelo for a certain length of time and appoints Escalus, a trustworthy old official, to be second in command. The duke then pretends to leave for Poland. Angelo’s first act is to imprison Claudio, a young nobleman who got his betrothed, Juliet, pregnant. Everything goes as arranged, with Mariana taking Isabella’s place at the assignation.

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