The Upstart Crow

Articles from Vol. 30, Annual

Dear Readers
Dear Readers, Welcome to Volume XXX (2011), an open issue featuring new Shakespeare scholarship, compelling performance reviews, and an impressive book review section. The issue boasts three strong essays which shed light on previously neglected...
Governance and the Warrior Ethic in Macbeth and Henry V
I. Introduction Macbeth and Henry V depict shifts in governance that profoundly affect th ethic of the warriors each society sends into battle. In Macbeth, this shift is from tribalism to feudalism; in Henry V, from feudalism to statism. The tribal...
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and "The Pregnant Enemy": The Devil in What You Will
The devil is mentioned at least twenty times in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, (1) a not surprising frequency, perhaps, when one considers the festive reputation this comedy has enjoyed. One might think that festivity would not easily welcome the devil....
The 2010 Oregon Shakespeare Festival
To observe the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch staged the two plays of the festival s inaugural season--Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice--plus 1 Henry IV and Hamlet. In all four plays,...
The 2010 Stratford Festival: Kiss Me, Kate and the Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Stratford Festival of Canada (or at least, its directors) knows who comes to watch its plays: theater lovers. With Kiss Me, Kate and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Stratford Festival played to its strengths by highlighting the theatrical and...
The 2010 Stratford Festival: The Winter's Tale and the Tempest
The Stratford Festival's productions of The Winter's Tale and The Tempest explored the dialectic between power and compassion, anger and forgiveness, in highly effective theatrical terms. The conflict in both productions flowed essentially from gendered...
The 2011 Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Julius Caesar
Caesar's assassination was a messy bit of business. With as much blood squirting as we might find in a 1980s slasher movie, it gave new meaning to Alabamas Crimson Tide. When the house lights were raised at intermission, I turned to my companion with...
The 2011 Season at London's Globe Theatre
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In New Bedford, Masschusetts, they read Moby-Dick in full on Herman Melville's birthday. The Globe started this season, as Dominic Dromgoole explains, in order to honor its four hundredth birthday, by reciting the King James...
Usury and Political Friendship in the Merchant of Venice
The subject of deep controversy in the late 1500s, usury was a necessary fact of life during this era of burgeoning mercantilism, despite attempts to condemn and outlaw the commercial practice. As Lawrence Danson explains, "[f]armers needed to borrow...
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