When you teach
you almost inevitably touch on the idea that ‘history is written by the winners’, as Richard III Orwell said in 1944 (and again, of course, so horrifically in ). [a] Nineteen Eighty-Four
Who were victorious over
Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex in the end? Would he have recognised the history they wrote for him?
Continue reading “QotW (#77): 20 May 2019”
“… though she be but little, she is fierce” A Midsummer Night’s Dream (III,ii)
Not just married to Edward II. Not simply denounced by history as the ‘
‘. As if all that wasn’t enough, she was relegated to a footnote in She Wolf of France last week‘s QotW.
It’s her turn. Be afraid.
Continue reading “QotW#76: 13 May 2019”
Last week’s pre-exam discussions with Year 13 looked again at how we might adopt a Feminist critical stance to our exam texts. The fabled
, I hear OCR students gasp … AO5
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No, Inspector Grant, you can’t get a hunchback from reading about it …
Is this the ultimate ‘cold case’?
arrives with some hefty baggage in terms of its critical reception. The Daughter of Time
Continue reading “[book review] Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time”
I shall despair; there is no creature loves me,
And if I die no soul shall pity me. (
Richard III: V.iii) [a]
No matter how many times I watch it – with Y9, 12 and 13 classes, or alone –
Benedict Cumberbatch can move me to tears, delivering what I think are the saddest lines in Shakespeare.
The saddest lines … by arguably the biggest villain?
Continue reading “QotW (#74) 29 April 2019”
To begin, a little quiz. What connects the following texts?
Ian McEwan: On Chesil Beach (2007 )
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: ‘Maud’ (1855)
Christopher Marlowe: Edward II (1592)
William Shakespeare: Richard III (1592), and
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‘ … Sir’s rule number 1
‘Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.’ [a]
Bernardo and Francisco have a point. The entire path of the scene is determined by who is on stage. Think of the ways the conversation could go if instead of Bernardo, another unknown Dane approaches Francisco’s guard-post, or one of Fortinbras’ troops.
to real life, and the idea of Hamlet – behaving or speaking appropriately to the circumstances and audience. decorum
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