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“…we have learned by now to ask Marxian questions about deep causes – not, this time, ‘Who creates the wealth?’ but ‘Who creates death?’ the answer is, the mother.”

Coriolanus Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- Let’s talk briefly about homoeroticism in Coriolanus. It seems clear, I think that the inquires about each other by Martius and Aufidius and their speculative exchange of places certainly reveals, at … Continue reading

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“I banish you…There is a world elsewhere.”

Coriolanus Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————– Act Three:  Coriolanus is about to be invested when the tribunes gleefully and triumphantly inform him that his popularity has evaporated. Furious, he declares that the people don’t deserve him, at … Continue reading

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“…from face to foot/He was a thing of blood, whose every motion/Was timed with dying cries.”

Coriolanus Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams Act Two:  At the Senate, the tribunes are thoroughly dissecting Martius’s many personal flaws, when Virgilia announces his triumphant return from war.  Coriolanus enters the city to an enormous hero’s welcome, horrifying … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Shakespeare

By Dennis Abrams Hope everybody is enjoying their holiday season.  And while I know I wasn’t going to post anything until next week, I was reading Zadie Smith’s recent piece in The New York Review of Books on “Joy” (a … Continue reading

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“Indeed, it is a strange-disposed time:/But men may construe things after their fashion,/Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.”

Julius Caesar Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- I’m struck by a couple of things: 1.  The number of well-known lines and phrases, even just from Act One:  “Beware the ides of March,” “Men at some time are … Continue reading

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“O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet!/Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords/In our own proper entrails.”

Julius Caesar An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————— Just in time for you to get your post-election political fix (if you’re American of course) we’re on to our next play, Shakespeare’s tautest study of political intrigue, Julius Caesar. It is … Continue reading

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