Tag Archives: close reading

Sexing Isabella and Angelo

There’s a wonderful chapter from Ewan Fernie in the recently released volume Shakespeare and I, about Angelo in Measure for Measure and the yearning to ‘sin in loving virtue,’ which Fernie feels is central to the play. But my incessant re-readings of the play – I’m researching it in relation to Wagner’s opera of it […]

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A shrew being tamed?

Shakespearience 5: We are Things among Things….

I’ve had the good fortune of being somewhat involved in the current RSC The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Lucy Bailey. In my programme note for the production, I’ve written especially about the bestial life and imagery of the play, which has come to seem to me to be epitomized by the pointy little […]

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