Fav Five Shakespearean Work Not Written By Shakespeare

  The works of Shakespeare have been staged more times than is possible to count, and the film adaptations are likewise so numerous, that keeping track of them would be next to impossible, whether it is a screen adaptation of plays like Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins, Baz Luhrmann’s, Romeo + Juliet, and the forthcoming Macbeth, […]

Paint, a novel by Grace Tiffany

For those who love historical fiction, and also for fans of Elizabethan England and courtier culture, there is a new novel out that may satiate your craving for something new in the genre.  Grace Tiffany, professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at Western Michigan University, has recently completed a novel titled Paint, which tells the […]

Anti-Semitism and Gender in The Merchant Of Venice

Of all the plays attributed to William Shakespeare, there is perhaps none that have been impacted by the history that followed more than Merchant of Venice (though there is a case to be made for Othello as well).  Though many ascribe the dramatic shift in interpretations to the Holocaust, which no doubt has played an […]

John Lyly’s Gender Bending Gallathea

John Lyly’s Gallathea is an Elizabeth play performed initially by one of the boys acting companies in London.  I’m not generally a fan of comedies and though I wasn’t particularly drawn into Gallathea in terms of its narrative, it is certainly not without its merits as the play examines gender constructs and debunks what has […]

Volpone: A Demonstration of Ben Jonson Misanthropy

In her monograph Erotic Beasts and Social Monster, Grace Tiffany suggests that there exist two androgynies in literature, the ‘mythic androgyny’, and the ‘satiric androgyny’.  While the ‘mythic’ could be, as Phyllis Rackin points out, “‘an image of transcendence’” (Tiffany, 11), the ‘satiric androgyny’ illustrates a “distrust in personal and social relationships, particularly in relationships […]