Romeo – Juliet: The Erosion of Juliet in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet

In her introduction for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Rene Weis suggests that the focus of the play, despite its “double title”, rests “squarely on Juliet” (Weis, 7), an assertion Weis supports with a compelling argument.  Even if Weis’s assessment is correct though, the authorial intent of the play does not always translate into various […]

Cho Sung-Won and Feminine Sexual Autonomy In Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure

In her essay, “Renaissance Nun vs. Korean Gisaeng: Chastity and Female Celibacy in Measure for Measure and ‘Chun-Hyang Jeon’,” Cho Sung-Won argues that “women in patriarchal society, single, married, or widowed, can hardly enjoy full sexual autonomy” (Cho, 566) and that they are rather “driven to embrace the visions” (564) of sexuality dictated by the […]

A reviewof of Phillipa Berry’s Chastity and Power: Elizabethan Literature and the Unmarried Queen

While reading academic literature can be very engaging at times, it can also be extremely dull.  Sadly, in the case of Phillipa Berry’s Of Chastity and Power: Elizabethan Literature and the Unmarried Queen, the latter is the case.  The books sets a clear goal on the first page of the introduction, suggesting that: “with its […]

Arbitrary Morality Under the Public Panopticon in Measure For Measure

Measure For Measure (an Elizabethan version of Undercover Boss) is considered by some to be one of the problem plays among the canon of work that has been attributed to Shakespeare, though it was listed as a comedy in the First Folio.  This seems to me to be the appropriate classification as, though it does […]

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 […]


THE KING’S ATTRITION by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE With Contributions Appropriated From: John Donne, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Ben Jonson, Lao Tzu, D.H. Lawrence, Dalton Trumbo, Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Richard Wright, Roger Ebert, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hobbes, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, Henry James and David Loughery Composed and Edited With Amendments By: Jason Horn Featuring […]

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1000 Books In 10 Years; Vol. 10: King Edward III, by Shakespeare (?)

I set out this year to read the every Shakespearian play. King Edward III is arguably the final play of that mission. I say arguably because ‘scholars’ (whoever they are) don’t all agree that the play is by Shakespeare (and I wouldn’t have even known of the play if my good friend Mr. Jeff Marontate […]

The Taming Of The Shrew: A Tragedy

The Taming Of The Shrew: A Tragedy Tragedy: A narrative that details the downfall of an idealized or romanticized protagonist. Comedy: A narrative of an often farcical nature which details an uplifting conclusion often involving celebrations such as weddings or coronation.   These concise and minimalist definitions of ‘tragedy’ and ‘comedy’ are often used as […]