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:

Shakespeare's Sources

   1. Introduction
         1. Bardcast
         2. names
         3. Shakey's Sources
               1. Could also be titled, "what did shakespeare know/read?"
               2. we have to remember, someone can allude to something without having read it
   2. Shakespeare's Sources
         1. Our sources
         2. Holinshead
         3. Plutarch, lives of the romans
         4. The Bible
               1. there is no "the bible"
                     1. Jews, protestants and catholics have different number of books
                     2. different translations, etc.
               2. Specifically, the Geneva Bible
               3. First bible (english bible?) divided into chapter and verse
               4. King James Bible not written yet
         5. Greek and Roman Myth
               1. Ovid's metamorphoses
         6. Machiavelli
         7. specific plays have specific sources,
               1. Amleth for some play
               2. the tragical history of romeus and Juliet
               3. Montaigne with Tempest
               4. All's well that ends well - Boccaccio's Decameron, Italian Author
               5. As you like it - Thomas Lodge's Rosalynd, English prose
               6. Comedy of Errors - Plautus' Maenichi, Roman playwright
   3. News
         1. Macbeth, texts and contexts william C caroll
         2. SHakespeare: A Commentary
               1. good old book from 1936, companion to a collection of all the plays
               2. illustrate its value via section from the macbeth analysis
               3. out of print, have to find it online.
         3. Enter the Whole Army C walter hodges
         4. Theobald's Double Falshood
               1. probably shenanigans
               2. no one seems to know the specifics, seems to be textual analysis. Can hardly call that "proof"
         5. with this movie coming out, I'd like to re-direct people to
               1. great website,
               2. specifically, check out this one page, it summarizes the wrong methodology
               3. accumulating bad info, when it comes to this sort of thing, ask for their best piece of evidence, note how it's stupid, then move on to their second best
         6. Contested Will
               1. apparently it summarizes the opposition, then wrecks them.
         7. Mispronouncing things
               1. We have been twice called  out for mispronouncing things
               2. When it seems like we mispronounce, we're actually talking about something else that sounds similar, but is much more sophisticated.
   4. Signing Off
         1. Next Play
               1. roll those bones!

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