Shakespeare

Possible worlds within possible worlds

It is one thing to take inspiration from another's work for one's own creative writing, but it is entirely another to complete a work first conceived and named in another's fiction. What to make of such fictions within fictions?  

The Insight of Ignorance: Shakespeare and Cervantes at 400

If Shakespeare’s greatest characters quake to their very core with the realization of what they cannot see, or lose their reason altogether when they finally grasp how little they understood, Cervantes crafted an entirely new way of writing around his characters’ limitations and the incompatibility of their different perceptions of the world.

'So Wise So Young'...

It is already 20 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union.  We were the generation who was filled with hope in 1989, who expected great transformation of the world after the demise of the totalitarian state.  We expected so much.

The Other Problem with Anonymous

My Shakespeare class finally persuaded me to take a class trip to go see the new Roland Emmerich movie, Anonymous. I went forewarned. Multiple reviewers have pointed out problems with the film, which proposes that the Earl of Oxford wrote the literature by William Shakespeare.

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