Shakespeare is back on Novel Ideas! Well, one of Shakespeare’s plays is a topic for Novel Ideas, Shakespeare himself is a bit bigger get than we are currently capable of. But we were able to get the very capable Dr. Anthony Funari back as a guest to discuss William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a comedy full of cross dressing, something the English still find absolutely hilarious in the twenty-first century. In this episode we discuss queer spaces, Shakespearean comedic heroines, puritanism, and inversion. We also talk about crossing the (drama) streams, Elizabethan drama franchises, unlikely sibling casting, and humorless dicks.
Also check out this link to Tony’s website, The Mad Literature Professor.
The music bump is one of Feste’s song from the 1996 movie production.
Twelfth Night – Star Cross Gartered Lovers
One of Shakespeare’s later comedies, is both hilarious and full of academic interest, if you’re into those things. Read it. Or better yet, find a good stage production of it.
Gabs: 10/10 It’s so good. Queer spaces – good. Female agency – good. Puritan baiting – good!
Ben: 12/12 Definitely the best of the “Nights” franchise. But seriously, probably my favorite Shakespeare play. So far.
Tony: 10/10 Very interesting in that it is the transition play from comedy to romance, plus Feste is probably Shakespeare’s best fool.
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One thought on “Twelfth Night”
May 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm
Ben, at first I thought you rated this higher than Ender and was going to freak out a little. Then I saw that the scale was adjusted. And as we all remember from math class, 10/10 < 12/12 < 11/10, so all is forgiven.