Archives for the ‘Shakespeare’ Category

London 2012

By • Aug 23rd, 2012 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research, Shakespeare

I just flew in from London on the 11th, and boy, are my arms tired! That’s just a little humor. Sorry. Sorry. Last week I returned from seven weeks in London. For the first three weeks, I researched at the British Library, the New Globe Archives,…



Interviews and Research at the American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA

By • Jun 18th, 2012 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research, Shakespeare

            Got back on Wednesday from Staunton, VA, home of the American Shakespeare Center. The ASC, which has recreated the Blackfriars Theater, Shakespeare’s indoor playhouse, is central to the original practices movement, although it …



What the Hell is Communitas Anyway? Good Question, Ben.

By • Jun 6th, 2012 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research, Shakespeare

I’m currently entering my third week of work on my project, which examines theatrical communitas and relationships in “Original Practices” Shakespearean performance. The “OP” movement began in the late 1980s as some practitioners called for a…



“Original Practices” and Theatrical Communitas

By • Apr 9th, 2012 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research, Shakespeare

In the past thirty years, the “Original Practices” movement in the performance of Shakespeare’s works has grown in prominence. Rising from the increasing focus on performance studies in theatrical criticism, the “original practices” movement …



The Force of History: Nostalgia in Chinese Culture

By • Jan 25th, 2010 • Category: China, Chinese, Comparative literature, Cultural Revolution, Honors Thesis, performance studies, Research, Shakespeare, Thesis

Winter Break is over, Spring semester has officially begun, and all of the wonderful research opportunities that are involved with writing a thesis are falling into. While I was enjoying staying cozy and warm this Winter (whether it be inside under a blanket, or at a comparatively warm island in Florida), I spent a lot […]

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From The Duke’s Men to Baz Luhrmann: A Working Production History of English-language Romeo and Juliet

By • Oct 19th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, performance studies, Research, Shakespeare

Production Theory RE: Reconsidering the assumption that there is one “true” text of Romeo and Juliet. “Indeed, it is for this openness, and for its capacity to re- and outlive and stage infinite variations upon its protagonists’ story, that Derrida has described Romeo and Juliet as an ‘anthology’ or ‘palimpest’ or ‘open theater of narratives’, […]

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What’s a Montague?

By • Oct 10th, 2009 • Category: China, Chinese, Honors Thesis, Literature, Research, Shakespeare, Thesis

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy: Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot, Nor arm nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man.  (II.2. 38-42) My thesis work was thrown off briefly because I had the rare opportunity to present a paper at the […]

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Thesis Week 1: The West Side Story Effect

By • Sep 2nd, 2009 • Category: China, Chinese, Honors Thesis, Research, Shakespeare, Thesis

My erratic posting has resumed!  My goal for this semester is to post an entry summarizing my progress after each of my advising meetings with Professor Paula Blank. Professor Blank has recommended that I begin my research by grounding my work within the text itself.  I suddenly realized that it’s been too long since I […]

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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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Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth

By • Oct 16th, 2008 • Category: Hamlet, Honors Thesis, language, Research, Shakespeare

The prominent role of the play-within-a-play in Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth immediately draws parallels to The Real Inspector Hound. Several traits in Cahoot especially recall Hound; namely, the Inspector, but also the blurring of action within the play-within-a-play – the action of Shakespeare’s Macbeth – and in the wings – or in this case, the […]