Why was Mucedorus the most popular play of its time and nowadays no one knows about it? And why can no one agree about who wrote it? Our special guest, Finch, gives us some answers. We (Re)Meet the Contemporary, Anonymous; ...
What happens when two bawdy, Early Modern word-nerds sit down to talk about all things Shakespeare? You get "The Hurly Burly Shakespeare Show!": an irreverent mix of entertainment and scholarly content suitable for novices and hard-core “Bardolaters” alike. Jess (The Scholar) and Aubrey (The Teaching Artist) discuss the plays of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as other fascinating aspects of the Early Modern period’s lively theatre and print culture. “The Hurly Burly Shakespeare Show!” features the latest “Shakes-bubble” gossip, Burbage Breaks, a Rhetorical Device of the Week, and absolute havoc as Jess and Aubrey attempt to summarize each play in five minutes or less. Oh, and we also make all our sound effects live, because original staging conditions are a thing. Come for the Hurly, stay for the Burly: we guarantee you’ll learn something new with every episode.
The Tempest 201
We hate Prospero. #SorryNotSorry BUT there are still interesting things to delve into with The Tempest (including why we hate Prospero so much, tbh). The Rhetorical Device(s) revisited are accumulatio and auxesis. Jess talks about editorial interference in Miranda’s ONLY ...
Timon of Athens 101
Best-Dressed Special Guest Patrick Aaron Harris joins us again this week to talk about Shakespeare's most misanthropic and cynical (and underrated) play, Timon of Athens! The Rhetorical Device of the Week is acyrologia (aka malaprops); Patrick's Burbage Break is all ...
The Malcontent 101
Welcome to the mysterious misadventures of Marston's Malcontent! This week we feature Shakespeare's contemporary, John Marston, and his befuddling masterpiece, The Malcontent. We won't even mention this week's Rhetorical Device (paralepsis); we tell you everything you might ever want to ...