Saturday, October 06, 2012

Multiple Meanings

It's time for the text of the day!

And, I think you folks have talked me into teaching Troilus and Cressida next semester.  What play(s) work especially well with it?


  1. I think this is the first one I've actually known!

  2. It's either Richard II or The Lord of the Rings. Amusingly, I think it could work equally well for both.

  3. Oh yeah, and re T&C -- I guess it might work nicely as part of a full-on Classical Shakespeare course, with maybe Midsummer, Errors, and a bunch of the Roman plays, and then Pericles, Cymbeline, and / or Two Noble Kinsmen to round things off with a happy ending and a generous dose of weirdness?

  4. I've taught T&C a couple of times in an all-comedies class, where it works reasonably well (along with All's Well and M4M) to interrogate what "comedy" means.

    Next time I feel up to the play, though, I'll probably do a version of what Fretful suggests--maybe not full-on "Classical Shakespeare," but I had a great class last year that I organized around Shakespeare's use of history (RIII, RII, 1HIV, HV, JC, Coriolanus, A&C, Macbeth, Lear, Cymbeline) that it might fit into, with some reframing.

  5. It it were LotR, the grey guy would have to have a beard! :)

    Thanks for the suggestions!