A few random rants and an interesting take on Shakespeare

I have not written a post for this blog in a while. I may use the excuse that I have been busy with other things, but really, I have not had much that I felt like writing about.  I pay some attention to politics and it all makes me feel like we're re-hashing the same … Continue reading A few random rants and an interesting take on Shakespeare

Open Source Education

Open Source Education is an idea that I came up with a few years ago as part of an English class at BYU.  It was a Shakespeare class and the professor was very into digital media and social media and new technologies in the classroom.  Instead of writing a research paper that would only ever get read … Continue reading Open Source Education

Finals, And What Comes After

Here at BYU, we are firmly in the middle of Finals week.  I'm not too worried, mine aren't that bad, except for the fact that I had one scheduled at 7:00 am this morning.  but I was done by 8:30, so it's not all bad.  And I only have two other finals, the rest of … Continue reading Finals, And What Comes After

Why do we blog?: Academics and the Internet

I am currently in an English class that is very different from any English class I have ever had before.  We are studying Shakespeare, but instead of a traditional research paper due at the end of the semester, our professor is having us write a research blog. Yes, a blog.  I find this absolutely fascinating. … Continue reading Why do we blog?: Academics and the Internet

The Authorship question, thanks to Twitter

There was a fun thing going on yesterday on Twitter, the hashtag #askshakespeare being sponsored by Blogging Shakespeare.  Some prominent Shakespeare scholars were answering questions about Shakespeare.  This is fun, and I got involved as well, asking a few questions that I have been thinking about, and I got some great responses. One of the biggest … Continue reading The Authorship question, thanks to Twitter

Wilhelm Shakespeare – Shakespeare in Germany

William Shakespeare is loved the world over, but nowhere near as much as in Germany.  From some simple Google searches on Shakespeare and Germany, I have learned that the oldest Shakespeare Society in the world is German: Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, founded in 1864, English acting troops brought the Bard to Germany in the early 1700s with performances translated … Continue reading Wilhelm Shakespeare – Shakespeare in Germany

Teaching Shakespeare, or What I learn from Slings and Arrows

There is a wonderful Canadian television show that I was introduced to a few years ago in my Shakespeare class.  The teacher showed us a little clip of the theme song of Slings and Arrows. It's a great show about a Shakespearean Festival producing plays, but more than that, it actually teaches a lot about … Continue reading Teaching Shakespeare, or What I learn from Slings and Arrows

Teaching Shakespeare in the Classroom

Shakespeare has been taught in English classrooms for a long, long time.  Students are also exposed to Shakespeare's plays from an unbelievably early age, it is surprising just how much of what we see daily is based on Shakespeare.  There are so many movies, plays, TV shows, etc. that either reference Shakespeare or are based … Continue reading Teaching Shakespeare in the Classroom