Project 2

Jordan Marshall RMRL Project #2 Bert Williams Bert Williams was born November 10, 1874, Egbert Austin Williams. Theatre at this time was dominated by white directors, writers, and actors. Williams became famous on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1900s. At the time he was often the only black actor on stage, one of his… Read more Project 2

Integrated Perspective

This course was very interesting because we were put in a position that made it so that all of our opinions were put on display during the course. I enjoyed this and had such a hard time with this. Getting everyone’s perspective on topics that you are also putting your own perspective on can be… Read more Integrated Perspective

Lycanthropy in Literature

A theme that we see in Old English literature as well as current day is the existence of lycanthropes, or werewolves. “refers to both “a kind of insanity” in which a patient assumes the “instincts and propensities of a wolf”” Medieval Disability Glossary The origin of the term and the following idea of the supernatural… Read more Lycanthropy in Literature

Week 14: Other Worlds

As someone who reads frequently where those books are not of this world in any capacity and always of a world outside of what mine will ever be, I was intrigued by “It Is Hard to Believe that there Are Other Worlds in this World”. “So in this world another world may be,Which we do… Read more Week 14: Other Worlds

Week 12: Beautiful Words for Strong People

I love that way that Andrew Marvell talked about people, one of my favorites was the description about Cromwell. “So restless Cromwel could not ceaseIn the inglorious Arts of Peace,But through adventrous WarUrged his active Star.And, like the three-fork’d Lightning, firstBreaking the Clouds where it was nurst,Did through his own SideHis fiery way divide.” This is such… Read more Week 12: Beautiful Words for Strong People

Week 11: Women in Writing

I wonder what the reaction of a woman writing such extensive work was in a time when women were not seen as overly intellectual in english culture. “Lady Wroth was the first Englishwoman to write a complete sonnet sequence….Wroth openly transgressed the traditional boundaries by writing secular love poetry and romances.” In the 16th century… Read more Week 11: Women in Writing

Week 9: Brainstorming

As someone who was a theatre major for a year and a half I think a lot about how there are constant downfalls in the politics of theatre. One of those being the lack of inclusivity. Now this doesn’t just apply to race like we see with American Moor but also things like gender, gender… Read more Week 9: Brainstorming

Week 8: Art Through a Lens

Why is it that Shakespeare is so often shown in a light pushed forth by straight, cis, white men? “Recently, British theater critic Lloyd Evans openly lamented the loss of “white English male[s] playing a Shakespearean lead” at the expense of “[e]xperimentalism, ethnic dogmatism, and gender-blind casting.” To him, these ‘new’ interpretations prevent audiences from… Read more Week 8: Art Through a Lens

Week 7: The Dragon

I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Dragon that we got and I wanted to talk about that. It is made to be so wonderfully mighty and monstrous. “With that they heard a roaring hideous sound, That all the ayre with terrour filled wide, And seemd uneath to shake the stedfast ground. Eftsoones the dreadfull… Read more Week 7: The Dragon

False Humility

Why does Beowulf show false Humility? I found that something I couldn’t help but be super aware of was how fake Beowulf’s humility was. “I’d never brag, but the truth is, my sword slew nine singular scavengers that night.” Beowulf says this while responding to the jeering words of Unferth, Ecglaf’s son. I think it’s… Read more False Humility