On Social Media: Coriolanus

On 21 October 2020, Matthew Minicucci and I provided a brief introduction to the live-streamed performance of Coriolanus, produced by The Show Must Go Online and directed by Rob Myles. If you were not able to attend, the production is available free to view on YouTube. What follows is a transcript of our comments, with reference to Carlin A. Barton’s Roman Honor: The Fire in the Bones (University of California Press 2001), Derek Dunne’s “Blushing on Cue: The Forensics of the Blush in Early Modern Drama” (Shakespeare Bulletin 2016), and Philip Brockbank’s edition of of the play from the Arden second series (Bloomsbury 1998). See also this excellent special issue from Early Modern Literary Studies, “Rome And Home: The Cultural Uses Of Rome In Early Modern English Literature.”

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On Social Media: Macbeth

This summer, I have had the great good fortune to contribute to Ian Doescher‘s community reading initiative, the Shakespeare 2020 Project. A website and Facebook group support members of the public with free editions and resources as they read through the complete works over the course of the year. In August, I offered the second of two informal video introductions for Macbeth, available via YouTube.

As a bonus, I seemed to time things correctly that you can watch the sun set and room darken behind me over the course of the video – just as the world gradually darkens in the play! Read the full transcript below.

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