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Letter Response

By • Apr 10th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Yesterday I received a response to my letter to Stoppard! Essentially only a postcard, but I’m still very excited that I heard back from him at all – definitely the highlight of my day!  “Dear Erin – how right you are about the time I have to discuss my plays at length – but thank […]

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Interview

By • Feb 3rd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Below is the link I came across to a recent interview with Stoppard – enjoy! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bn-review/note.asp?r=1¬e=21101552

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Paper

By • Jan 18th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve posted my final paper as a separate page titled “Plays Within Plays.”

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Letter

By • Jan 9th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Below is the text of a letter I’ve written to Stoppard and am mailing via the publisher of The Coast of Utopia – fingers crossed, maybe I’ll even get an answer! ____________________________________________ Dear Mr. Stoppard:  I am an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where I recently spent a semester conducting […]

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Finishing Up

By • Jan 2nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The semester has come to a close, and I’m winding up all the remaining work on my project. I’ve updated the bibliography page to reflect changes in my reading as the semester progressed. I’ve been working for the last two weeks on a final, culminating paper, and I will post that on a separate page […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (film)

By • Dec 13th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Almost 25 years after Stoppard exploded into the theatre world with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, he rewrote his own masterpiece and directed the 1990 film adaptation. The fact that Stoppard himself wrote the screenplay and directed, rather than another writer reworking the original play, makes all of the changes and contrasts between the play […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, cont. – Theatre and stagecraft

By • Dec 11th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, reading, Research

Although I’ve been trying to tackle the question of metatheatricality in R&G are Dead, thus far I’ve really only looked at it in terms of theatrical self-awareness bridging the gap between Stoppard’s play and the audience; I’ve yet to even touch on the abundant material provided by the plays-within-a-play or on the stagecraft of Stoppard’s […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, cont. – Free will, death, and theatre

By • Dec 10th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

R&G are Deadcontains such a wealth of material that I could do an entire independent study just on this play alone. I’m not sure I expressed myself as well as I would’ve liked in my last post, so I’d like to try and clarify those thoughts as best I can (easier said then done, though – […]

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Continuing to Update

By • Nov 30th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Alright, So, as I said, I’ve been falling a little behind just due to end-of-the-semester work, but I’m catching up again now. I’ve posted once on R&G are Dead, but I still have much more to say, so another post will most likely follow. I’ll be finishing up my syllabus this week by tackling a […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

By • Nov 30th, 2008 • Category: Hamlet, Honors Thesis, language, Research, Shakespeare

What with the holidays and end-of-the-semester work loads, it’s been some time since I updated on my reading – but I’m back on track, and at long last, I’ve arrived at the play that started it all, both for Stoppard and for me: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Most people with any knowledge of Stoppard […]

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