The Upstart Crow

Articles from Vol. 28, Annual

"A Carrion Death": The Theme of the Gold Casket in the Merchant of Venice
Portia: "I had rather be married to a death's-head with a bone in his mouth" (1.2.49-50). Critics in recent years, from James Shapiro in Shakespeare and the Jews and Janet Adelman in Blood Relations to Stephen Greenblatt in the popular biography...
Again, Poets and Julius Caesar
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a dramatization of Plutarch's account of the death of Julius Caesar and the consequences of that event in the war waged against his assassins by Mark Antony and Octavian, is particularly admired for the elegance of its...
Dear Readers
Dear Readers, It is my pleasure to introduce Volume XXVIII (2009), "Politics and the Citizen in Shakespeare." This issue marks a transitional moment for The Upstart Crow: it is the last volume to draw on the annual Clemson Shakespeare Festival,...
Domestic Economies in the Taming of the Shrew: Amassing Cultural Credit
Early in Act 1 of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, an ambitious Petruccio announces his intention of seeking fortune in the world. As he tells Hortensio, "I have thrust myself into this maze / Happily to wive and thrive as best I may. / Crowns...
"Duble Vantage": Tennis and Sonnet 88
When thou shalt be dispode to set me light, And place my merrit in the eie of skorne, Upon thy side, against my selfe ile fight, And prove thee virtuous, though thou art forsworne. With mine owne weaknesse being best acquainted, Upon...
"I Woo'd Thee with My Sword, / and Won Thy Love Doing Thee Injuries": The Erotic Economies of A Midsummer Night's Dream
In a footnote to his introduction to the 1979 Arden edition of A Midsummer Nights Dream, Harold Brooks notes of the Bottom/Titania subplot that: ... though the humour resides partly in contrast between his animal form and her 'airy spirit',...
The 2008 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Season
For reviewers concerned with the omnipresent phenomenon of "director's Shakespeare," 2008 was a difficult season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Festival mounted two early comedies and two mature tragedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream in the...
The 2009 Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Othello
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has done four previous productions of Othello, in 1978, 1987, 1994, and 2003, but the production for the 2009 season may be the best. Much of the tragedys success depends, of course, on the casting of Othello and Iago....
The 2009 Season at London's Globe Theatre
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the second season running upon which I have reported on the Globe for The Upstart Crow. (1) I entitled my first report last year, "Looking up." While it may appear unnecessary to unpack the stuffing of my joke, it...
The Ethiop's Ear: Race, Sexuality, and Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Although it hasn't always been the case, it is now commonplace to observe that when we idealize Shakespeare's famous lovers Romeo and Juliet by seeing them s transcending their feuding social world and its limits, we "obscure" the "social function"...
The National Theatre's the Revenger's Tragedy and the Royal Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2008)
Central to both Melly Still's 2008 production of The Revenger's Tragedy for London's National Theatre and Gregory Doran's 2008 A Midsummer Night's Dream, a revival of his 2005 production, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, were the mixed energies of...