As an assignment for one of my classes, I was given the task of creating and maintaining a blog, and here it is!
Now it’s my personal goal to keep this blog inquisitive, informative, and intriguing with a fresh perspective on Shakespeare.
Why Shakespeare? I want others to learn that there is more to the Bard than what we’ve traditionally been taught.
There is the orthodox, Stratfordian legend taught for years in academia. But there is also an underground well of research, spanning a couple of centuries, that is finally rising to mainstream — the Shakespeare Authorship Question (SAQ).
The SAQ is controversial because it challenges the staunchly supported, yet primarily unsubstantiated collection of “facts” about the man, William Shaksper from Stratford-Upon-Avon and his legendary identity as the exalted author of the Shakespeare Canon of plays, sonnets, and epic poetry.
Ever since David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769, the marketing of Shakespeare as the “small town boy genius who makes it, Big Time” has been tremendously profitable for the otherwise obscure village of Stratford-Upon-Avon and anyone whose bank account is tapped directly into the perpetuation of this myth.
Believe it or not, studying Shakespeare can be fun when you learn more about the world of the writer.
My objective is to get this message across to students of all ages. Nothing too intimidating here, but I hope to provide just enough of thought-provoking material to encourage you do further research.