Midsummer 201

In our first 201 episode, we examine how to interpret alliteration (the Rhetorcal Device of the Week, version 2.0) as a reader and an actor, and we delve into source texts. Then, in a twist *no one* saw coming, what seems like a straightforward review of the Arden 3 edition of Midsummer turns into an all-out interrogation of an editorial emendation of the word "strange" into "swarthe." Chaos and ridiculous nerdiness ensue, and we learn what palaeography and minims are along the way. Once we get back on track, we discuss the debate between scholars regarding Shakespeare's occasion for writing A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as some issues that might help you make the text relevant to a 21st century audience. In our ShakesBubble Gossip, we list a bunch of Midsummer productions* coming your way in early 2018, and briefly allude to a twitter controversy surrounding Othello (don't ask - you'll understand when you get there). 


*ShakesBubble Links here:

Alliance Theatre here

Virginia Opera here

Butler Theatre here

MOVIE! here

Midsummer Productions in the UK (via Touchstone) here

Midsummer ballet (in Europe) here

Tempest 101

The sixth play in our 101 series focuses on The Tempest, aka Shakespeare's thinly-veiled retirement announcement. The Rhetorical Device of the Week is chiasmus; the Burbage Break issues a correction as well as advice on how to choose a Shakespeare text that best suits your needs. This episode is also the closest we've ever come to meeting our own, arbitrary, 5-minute summary limit. We discuss the uniqueness of The Tempest as a play in the romance genre, as well as that *pesky* issue of colonialism that permeates the story and what we as scholars and artists might do to address it. Finally, even we at Hurly Burly cannot hide from the ongoing revelations of sexual harrassment and misconduct in the workplace: our Shakes-Bubble wrap-up addresses one such incident in our corner of academia and how we might use Shakespeare in the classroom (or the playhouse) to catalyze these difficult and necessary discussions.

Special Edition - Blackfriars Conference 2017

This week we dive deep into the fascinating, entertaining, and sometimes surprising scholarship and projects from the biennial Blackfriars Conference in Staunton, Virginia. The Rhetorical Device of the Week is tmesis and the Burbage Break provides some much-needed conference etiquette reminders. We discuss the word "nuncle," the significance of stage gestures, American Sign Language and Spanish translations of Shakespeare, and even Monica Lewinsky. We also get *a bit* mushy about why art is important in the world and why we choose to make it. This one's a little longer than usual because *feelings.* #SorryNotSorry 

(Featuring discussions of work by Matt Kozusko, Paul Menzer, Tiffany Stern, Wendy Wall and William West, Lindsey Snyder, Beth Burns and Farah Karim-Cooper, Jacqueline Vanhoutte, Bill Rauch, and all the lovely folks at Fundacion Shakespeare Argentina.)

About Hurly Burly

About Hurly Burly

That one time where we talked about who we are, what led us to podcasting, and why we love Shakespeare.