As part of the course ‘Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature’ (which includes The Merchant of Venice) students are visiting Groningen Synagogue on Wed. 9 November where they will get a tour of the building and a lecture on Shylockism in British Literature by Wout van Bekkum, the Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at RUG.
Jonson had a much more interesting life than his contemporary, Shakespeare. He was a soldier, killed someone in a duel and converted (for a while) to Catholicism at a time when this was unlikely to have earned him any credit at the Royal court.
‘Balanced views of Mary I are rare. She is more often than not cast as the “Bloody Mary” of Protestant legend: reactionary, obsessive, persecuting – and, while we’re on the subject, short and ugly as well. Those who rightly seek to explode the prejudice behind that caricature can sometimes get carried away by their own passionate defence, until burning people at the stake comes to seem entirely laudable…’
The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began by Stephen Greenblatt
Greenblatt is one of the best known scholars of English Renaissance literature and a seminal figure in New Historicism.
Special edition on Hamlet. Access with RUG library passwords.
This article argues that Tudor fools (including those who feature prominently in Shakespeare’s plays) were people with learning disabilities. It raises some interesting points but needs further investigation.
The most influential man in history? Overstated – but reminds us how much the language owes to him.