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Welcome to Shakespeare at Adelphi University. This site represents a collaborative archive of Shakespearean pedagogy at Adelphi University, equally created by faculty and students.

The work is produced in as part of the early modern classes taught by the English department, and includes blog reflections, performance reviews and scholarly bibliographies. It is intended to serve as a comprehensive database for those who encounter Shakespeare at Adelphi and we hope that the material produces will range from a little fun to a lot academic.

So please, come on in, browse around, and feel free to contribute!

 

 

 

 

 A Little About Me

 

I am an Assistant Professor of English at Adelphi University.  Originally from England, I moved to the USA in order to work as a directing assistant at Atlantic Theatre Company, after which I joined Rattlestick Theatre as Literary Manager.  During my time at Rattlestick, we produced new plays by such New York writers as Adam Rapp, Lucy Thurber, Harry Kondoleon, Joe Hortua and Jonathan Tolins.  At Adelphi, my work is mostly in the field of early modern drama in performance – both past and present.  I am currently developing a book that charts the stage history of Pyramus and Thisbe One article from this project, entitled “‘Know that I, Ringo the Drummer, Am’: Shakespeare, YouTube and the Limits of Performance,” was recently published in Shakespeare Bulletin and another, “‘Playing No Part But Pyramus’: Restructuring the Clown in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is forthcoming in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England. My other academic interests include late twentieth-century British drama and theories of digital performance.

 

Online publications:

The Bite of the Right in Thatcher’s England: Jacobean Presentism and Howard Barker’s Women Beware Women (2013)

Sacred Blood and the Body’s Rich Legacy in Julius Caesar (2010)

 

 

This year, I am developing on a collaborative project as part of the Shakespeare Association of America’s Annual Conference.  We are developing a collaborative paper that attempts to theorize knowledge production in the field of digital Shakespeare.  Our conversation can be followed at the site listed below:

Theorizing the Digital Archive Seminar (Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference, 2014)

One thought on “About

  1. There are so many different forms of poetry that we all learn throughout our education, from haiku to free verse these terms can be pretty intimidating to people who don’t have prior knowledge of poetic language. Being someone who spends a lot of time working with kids, I work at a behavioral center with kids with autism on the weekends and observe in a 5th grade classroom throughout the week, I see how daunting these terms can become. This led me to research interactive websites targeted for younger students first being introduced to poetry and I stumbled upon scholastic.com and its, “Poetry Idea Engine”, in which people that log on are presented with three different types of poetry terms being limerick, Haiku, Cinquain, and free verse. From there, the visitor can then select one of these options, and a cartoon appears that acts out what a Haiku could be and then proceeds to define what a Haiku is as the website states that, “Haikus have 17 syllables in all, the first line has 5 syllables, the 2nd line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5.” Next to this definition is an example that states, “Bright colored_____” and the visitor is given the opportunity to select a word that would fit the line and this continues on and on until the poem is fully completed. Then the option is given for the visitor to compose their own haiku in the white text box or go back to the beginning and select another type of poem. Overall, I think this is an excellent website to introduce to anyone who doesn’t have a lot of knowledge or understanding of the different types of poetry that exist. In addition, I believe this encourages people to venture into writing their own type poems, while at the same time getting them hands-on involved in learning these different terms, while also offering them a new meaning through experience rather than just reading a definition in a text book. Lastly, this is something I would definitely incorporate in a lesson with my students and personally enjoyed the website myself.

    Website link: http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/poetry_engine.htm#

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