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(the photo is to grab your attention, read down to the bottom to find out what it has to do with Shakespeare…) Since Dr. Mathur’s lecture this morning, I have been thinking in a new way about the all-male acting troupes of Shakespeare’s day. Previously, I simply wrote them off as another manifestation of the […]

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for the visual learners out there…

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Handsome.

According to the OED, here are a few of the definitions of handsome: handsome, a. (adv.) 1. a. Easy to handle or manipulate, or to wield, deal with, or use in any way. Obs. 2. a. Of action, speech, etc.: Appropriate, apt, dexterous, clever, happy: in reference to language, sometimes implying gracefulness of style (cf. […]

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I don’t know where to slot this post (true intertextuality?!), but I have been ruminating about it for awhile. I shifted back into this thought-gear a couple of days ago after a conversation with a Mary Wash grad, and fellow English major (alright, alright…it’s Amanda). We were discussing the scary/overwhelming/disheartening politics of the fuddy-duddy MFA […]

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In honor of reading The Canterbury Tales, I needed to revisit an informative podcast about our friend Geoff Chaucer. The BBC series “In Our Time” (which Dr. C first introduced to me in a class a couple of years ago) features interesting discussions about topics of history, science, philosophy, mathematics, physics, literature, etc. held by […]

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(If you read my personal blog, this is a repeat (kinda) of another posting there. Sorry. But thanks for your loyalty. If you want, just watch the video again, because that never gets old.) [kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/B96zLNbVZZc” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] I had the extreme pleasure of seeing two of my favorite bands in concert a […]

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“…No trembling harp, no tuned timber, no tumbling hawk swerving through the hall, no swift horse pawing the courtyard. Pillage and slaughter have emptied the earth of entire peoples.” And so he mourned as he moved about the world, deserted and alone, lamenting his unhappiness day and night, until death’s flood brimmed up in his […]

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So, I am taking a breather from my Beowulf reading, about 10 pages out from the end, and decided I needed some visual aids to help me soak it all up…where to turn? Google image search, naturally. What I found, is an engraving of a scene of Beowulf slaying a monster, which implies a connection […]

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[Grendel] struck suddenly and started in; he grabbed and mauled a man on his bench, bit into his bone-lappings, bolted down his blood and gorged on him in lumps, leaving the body utterly lifeless, eaten up hand and foot. (li.739-744) Dr. Campbell and Dr. Mathur spoke yesterday in class about the importance of grasping the […]

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