2016: it’s all about Shakespeare

Shakespeare TwentyScore is a great new resource for anyone trying to keep track of Shakespeare-related events in Australasia during the ‘Shakespeare400’ anniversary year. Should be an exciting year! I’ve got a couple of conferences in 2016 (one uncomfortably soon given my lack of preparedness) so I’m looking forward to squeezing in as many events as I can!…

When pebbles strike the stars

I’m currently working on a conference paper which focuses on the role of the public in Shakespeare’s Roman plays (with a focus on Julius Caesar, but also Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus, and if I have time, Antony and Cleopatra). I’m intrigued by the solipsism of Coriolanus and the curious ways in which the characters misrepresent the situations in which they find themselves. I’m re-reading…

Shakespeare and terror: a quick presentist view

I’m doing some additional research on Titus Andronicus, presentism and ecocriticism at the moment, and came across this quote in Shakespeare and the Urgency of Now (edited by Cary DiPietro and Hugh Grady, Palgrave Macmillan 2013): Terror, as much as it depends on violence or the threat of violence, also depends on a static binary that serves rhetorically to amplify difference,…

Graduation

After receiving my thesis reports in August, I graduated today and can officially use ‘Dr’ wherever and whenever it is physically possible for me to use it. I’m so grateful to my supervisor, my peers and students and project team members, as well as my family and friends, for helping me get to this point….

Thesis: officially passed

I’ve been woefully absent on this blog for the past couple of months, which is terrible of me. I’m busy teaching at a couple of universities here in NSW, so this is keeping me very occupied. I did want to share some news, though. Today I found out that my thesis has been passed by…

Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln, Brutus and Booth

Check out this fascinating article exploring the connections between the assassination of Caesar in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This is one of history’s captivating facts: John Wilkes Booth, who murdered Lincoln, saw himself as a Brutus-figure and actually played the character in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The image below depicts John Wilkes Booth, Edwin Booth…

Umberto Eco’s How to Write a Thesis

It might be a little late for me, but this New Yorker article on Umberto Eco’s book How To Write a Thesis has convinced me I should read it anyway. “Your thesis,” Eco foretells, “is like your first love: it will be difficult to forget.” Hua Hsu’s article, like Eco’s book, covers far more ground than thesis-writing…

Aaand I’m done!

It is very pleasurable to write that my thesis is officially submitted! Four bound copies made their way to the Arts Faculty this morning after a rather busy last week fussing over the finer details. I don’t really have anything more profound to add right now – I think the realisation that I’ve finished my…

3 week countdown…

Weird to think I’ll have parted ways with my thesis in 3 weeks. I’m keeping a lid on any excitement until it’s all actually done and dusted. A quick update in the mean-time: all chapters are looking pretty much good to go. Minor crisis last week when it was decided my argument for Julius Caesar needed serious…

Mid-Feb progress report

My chapter on Julius Caesar and Stratford-upon-Avon is looking considerably slimmer these days. Having lost a hefty amount of words over the past two weeks, and having been totally restructured (and significantly rewritten), I’m a lot happier with it now. I’ve also bolstered my research on the public in Shakespeare to support a section of this chapter which gives…

Back to Julius Caesar

As I redraft (by which I mean a painful restructuring process) my chapter on Julius Caesar, I’ve been going over some old research notes. As part of my thesis research I visited Stratford-upon-Avon in 2012 and was lucky enough to catch the RSC’s African production of Julius Caesar (dir. Gregory Doran). I just came across a beautiful article on this…