June Blogroll: PDX Summer Shakespeares Edition

Dear readers,

After the 400th anniversary celebrations, one would assume it likely that Shakespeare performances might wane. After all, we did have the Cultural Olympiad, featuring the World Shakespeare Festival, as part of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2016, there were an incredible number of events across the globe, including world tours and major city initiatives (such as the Chicago City Desk project), that staged unprecedented cycles of Shakespeare originals and adaptations. It would seem, however, that this glut of Shakespeare has stabilized an appetite for productions rather than causing audiences to be surfeit. Lucky, lucky me.

I have now had a year to get a sense of the Shakespeare landscape here in the Pacific Northwest, with the  help of some friends—most notably, Linfield professor and regular New Yorker contributor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner. Oregon is a hub for Shakespeare due to its award-winning regional festival in Ashland. The Henry IV plays they are running this summer are something special, by virtue of the ensemble, the lead Daniel Jose Molina, and the thoughtful direction by Lileana Blain-Cruz. If the five-hour drive and ticket prices are a deterrent for you, do not fear: there are a number of interesting Shakespeare events closer to the Columbia this summer.

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May Blogroll: Digital Bibliography Edition

Dear readers,

As a researcher, the internet and the mass of digital projects in recent years has evened the playing field unlike that of any previous generation. The out-pouring of open-source and digitization projects of materials already out of copyright has meant that if you have access to the web, you have access to the texts of the early modern world.

Moving toward the end of the semester, I try to use my pedagogical energies to start designing for next fall’s courses while I am still in that mind. It is increasingly difficult to get students to buy pre-copyright texts because they have access to them for free online, so good digital editions are of increasing importance. If they aren’t going to buy the book, it is a salve to have online sources I trust to which to point them. Here are a few sources, organized around a single author, that include the kind of critical apparatus and ease of use I look for in print teaching editions.

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