In a Hamlet pose, a bearded crazy old man looks into a skull's eye
British Literature

Hamlet: A Mirror for Shakespeare’s Creative Process

October 17, 2019

Shakespeare’s plays may seem impenetrable to many, but identifying common motifs can make them more accessible. These include the play-within-a-play, naturalistic language, and dialogue that reflects on the art of acting itself. All of this can be seen in Hamlet, making it the perfect play to analyze. […]

Hodge's conjectural Globe reconstruction
British Literature

How Were Shakespeare’s Plays Performed?

October 11, 2019

You’ve likely seen a performance of Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet, but how were Shakespeare’s plays performed back in his own time? Gain an intimate look at the eclectic audiences as well as what the stages physically looked like, getting a sense of what it was like to actually watch one of Shakespeare’s plays as it was performed hundreds of years ago. […]

Image of Thomas Hardy taken between 1910 and 1915
British Literature

Victorian Writers and Critics Clashed over Content—Who Won?

February 25, 2019

The late Victorian period is known for great literary talent and the controversies that embroiled it. For example, authors and critics clashed over the depictions of sexuality and of unhappy marriages in print and on the stage. But is it really true that there is no bad PR? […]

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