(Continued from “A Tale of Two Genres: All’s Well that Ends Well”) In Measure for Measure, written earlier, Shakespeare presents us with the exact opposite. He arrests the control of the quasi-comedy from women entirely and places it in the hands of the Duke, who becomes the dramaturgical puppet master. In this simple maneuver, Measure […]Read more "A Tale of Two Genres: Measure for Measure"
Courtroom Scene: the Exercise of Power Antonio, Shylock, and Portia’s diverse objectives and power relations unite in the courtroom and counter each other: Portia wants to save Antonio’s life, Antonio wants Bassanio to appreciate his immense sacrifice, and Shylock wants his vengeance. In what he thinks is his ultimate sacrifice, Antonio paints himself as the […]Read more "The Disenfranchised and the Martyr: Merchant of Venice part 2"
The Merchant of Venice is an examination of religion, justice, and power gilded with a love story. It is predicated on the idea of commerce, ownership, and legal property, although the latter two often hinder the objectives of the characters. Portia is frustrated with lack of autonomy under her father’s will; Antonio is trapped in […]Read more "The Disenfranchised and the Martyr: The Merchant of Venice part 1"
A while ago, College Humor, I believe, produced an interesting video about our age-old desire to go back to the “better days” of the past (not to get too political, but the Daily Show with Trevor Noah did something similar at a Trump rally). In this video, Girl #1 entered a room in a different […]Read more "The Misogyny of Shakespeare’s Theater?"
So, for a quick summary: there were two competing medical theories in the Renaissance. 1) Humoralism, also known as Galenism. Think the four humors and bloodletting. Bile. All that fun stuff stretching back to Hypocrites. And 2) Paracelsianism, which was a combination between a slightly better informed science (emphasis on the slightly) and alchemy. […]Read more "Romeo and Juliet: Critique of Medical Theory"
Hace dos sábados, tenía una muy buena introducción a Shakespeare en Argentina a través de la producción de Rey Lear del Teatro Convento (Sábados a las 21:00 si quisieras ir). Rey Lear. La historia del conflicto entre la política y la familia, la desesperanza, la fortuna, la justicia, y la inutilidad. Usualmente cuando pienso en Rey Lear, pienso sobre […]Read more "Shakespeare en Argentina: unas reflexiones y Rey Lear"
In the minds of many contemporaries, sharp increases in mortality during the Renaissance were caused by the “three arrows of God”—war, famine, and pestilence. Disease, beyond the scientific illness, was a complex social construction. According to Renaissance thinking, disease was caused by anything from God and witchcraft to the stars to natural causes. The remedies […]Read more "Comedy of Errors and the Invasion of Disease"