Sunday, March 28, 2010

Shakespeare's Sources

Episode 20! Hooray!

This one is about Shakespeare's Sources, although that doesn't take us too long, so the second half is about news that's cropped up lately.

There's a special moment of action at the end, where we roll a die to randomly decide what play to do next. I'm not going to spoil it here.

Lists of Shakespeare's Sources 

Links to Shakespeare's Individual Sources
Holinshed's Chronicles

Although we mention the Geneva Bible as one of Shakespeare's sources, we didn't really give it the proper historical context as one of the most significant Bibles in English history. This Wikipedia article does it proper justice.

Ovid's Metamorphoses

When it comes to the Authorship question, newly brought to attention by this Anonymous film, we suggest you visit, and more specifically, this page of the website, which disembowels their absurd methodology.

Enter the Whole Army: A Pictorial Study of Shakespearean Staging, 1576-1616

This book is the most concise and well written analysis of what makes Shakespeare's plays. You can find it at various online stores if you're willing to look around. I highly suggest it.
The New Temple Shakespeare: William Shakespeare a Commentary
Author: Ridley M. R.
Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons

Outline after the break:

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, and this is our longest episode.

We were happy to talk about the Astor Place Riots, you can see more stuff about it on Wikipedia Here.

It would be easy for us to provide the outlines that we use to produce these podcasts, would you guys be interested in seeing those? Please leave us a comment if you'd like to see them.

Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection I can't recommend this show enough: it encompasses the "feeling" and "meaning" of Shakespeare more than any program I've ever seen.
Throne of Blood - Criterion Collection Akira Kurosawa's Japanese version of Macbeth
Scotland, PA: A humorous modern retelling of Macbeth in a modern restaurant setting. Includes Christopher Walken!
Wyrd Sisters The amazing Terry Pratchett takes on Macbeth in a Fantasy setting. Fantastic, like all Terry Pratchett.
Enter Three Witches This is an OK book. I'd only recommend it if you wanted a young teen or tween to read a more PG 13 version of Macbeth.

Macbeth: The DVD Edition (Folger Shakespeare Library) A fan suggested this one. I haven't seen it, but it sounds good!

Someone asked for the outline of the podcast, so here it is: (Beware: it's a little long)