Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Today is all about remembering the timeless quality of the Bard's craft--from his tragedies and histories to his comedies and poems. Personally, I love reading Shakespeare's comedies. Not only are they playful and funny, but they are also timeless in their exploration of human emotions, social conflicts and gender fluidity. You can … Continue reading Wooing, Wedding, Happy Ending: Shakespeare’s Comedies
Happy birthday Shakespeare! If you were, like me, fortunate enough to study his plays with a good uni professor, you probably understand why he's such a revered writer still today. If you read his plays for the first and last time in high school with a teacher who was more than happy to move on … Continue reading How to Read Shakespeare
Have you ever wondered what Shakespeare's characters would do if they lived in our times? Well, according to recent movie adaptations, Romeo and Juliet date amidst a gang war, Katherine is a feminist high-school student, Viola shows off her talent on the football field, Othello tries out for the basketball team, Beatrice and Benedick quarrel … Continue reading Back to the Roots: Shakespeare in Pop Culture
Today marks the 456th birthday of William Shakespeare and the 404th anniversary of his death--For Shakespeare was born and died, supposedly, on the same day: April 23. Either way, today is all about remembering Shakespeare's genius. For some, it rests in his play's timeless appeal, for others in their complex language or insightful themes. If … Continue reading Celebrating Shakespeare’s Heroines
Who was William Shakespeare? Most people would probably answer this question with: "a writer," or a "dramatist." But what do you actually know about the man William Shakespeare? For example, when did he live? Where did he grow up? Did he have a wife and children? If you don't already know the answer to these … Continue reading Who Was William Shakespeare?
Do you remember the first time you read Shakespeare? I remember it well. It was at my German high school and we read Othello. I don’t know about you, but for me it was a rather unpleasant experience. I didn’t understand the language (made it not easier that English isn’t my first language), so I … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Shakespeare?