Feminism, Pedagogy, Plays, Research

Measure for Measure and Rape Culture

With all the press around prominent men abusing their power lately, it's perhaps natural that people have been reminded of Shakespeare and Middleton's "problem play" Measure for Measure. One scene in particular is seeing renewed attention: having been told that she must have sex with the Duke's deputy in order to save her brother's life, Isabella tells… Continue reading Measure for Measure and Rape Culture

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Beef, Feminism, London, Plays, Research

Review: The Changeling, 2015, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

After a long gestation period, I'm thrilled to announce that my review of the 2015 production of The Changeling at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has been published in the latest issue of Early Modern Literary Studies! This was a pretty emotional review for me to write, partly because I had such strong feelings about the production, and partly… Continue reading Review: The Changeling, 2015, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Beef, Feminism

White Fragility Hijacked Hidden Figures

*with mountains of thanks to Sharanya for talking through ideas & recommending reading, as always x So I finally, finally saw Hidden Figures on a flight recently, and of course, I loved it. The film tells the story of three black women working at NASA during the “space race” in the 1950s and ’60s—in the… Continue reading White Fragility Hijacked Hidden Figures

Conferences, Feminism, Plays, Research

SAA Provocation: Shakespeare and Fan Theory

It's been a while since I wrote a blog post, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been writing! I'm working on a bunch of projects as I navigate the academic job market (again). So here's something new that I tested out on my Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) workshop group. I'm hoping to build… Continue reading SAA Provocation: Shakespeare and Fan Theory

Feminism, Plays, Research

Assault isn’t edgy, so let’s stop pretending: reviewing Filter’s Midsummer

Last night, I had the opportunity to see Filter Theatre's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. There's a LOT that I liked about the production. Midsummer is one of those plays that bores me to tears and brings out my angry feminist most of the time, and Filter's production certainly wasn't boring.… Continue reading Assault isn’t edgy, so let’s stop pretending: reviewing Filter’s Midsummer

Conferences, Feminism, Plays

The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline, and the World Shakespeare Congress

I'm in decompression mode, having spent last week immersed in one of the largest gatherings of Shakespeareans and early modernists on the planet, the World Shakespeare Congress. It's been an incredible learning experience, and a great chance to catch up on what's happening in Shakespeare studies--not to mention an opportunity to mingle with the "greats" and… Continue reading The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline, and the World Shakespeare Congress

Exeter, Feminism, Work

Thesis/Existential Crisis Moments

It is my firm belief, evolved over the past eight years of study (and likely to change at some point, pending further study), that any notion of "fidelity" to an "authentic" Shakespearean/early modern/classical text is, from a theatrical perspective at least, outdated, irrelevant, and unproductive. This is one of the reasons you'll find me defending… Continue reading Thesis/Existential Crisis Moments