Studies in Shakespeare, Spring 2022

ENG 312 Spring 2022 Rev

Hamlet mixtapes

Technical difficulty of Gobbo’s comedy:

evaluation link

How to cite Shakespeare

How to cite prose

Sample papers:

Sample Essay Shakespeare Measure for Measure

Reinventing Shakespeare paper

Feste was Olivia’s father’s jester, and is now hers, though it appears that he wanders around a bit—in Orsino’s court, and just missing for a while

  1. Explain Feste’s role/position/perspectives
  1. What does Feste mean when he says,  

“Lady, cucullus non facit monachum [the cowl does not make the monk]. That’s as much to say as, I wear not my motley in my brain.” (1.5.54-56)

How does this comment relate to the play as a whole?

  1. Controversy among Shakespeare scholars: does comedy reinforce or undermine the social order? What does the play seem to convey about festive revelry, is it likely to unleash psychic forces that are not easily controlled? Or does festivity allow people to explore alternatives to the normative social order? 

Related: who is a parent figure? That is, who is performing characteristic parental roles? (Malviolio tells the revellers to be quiet and go to bed) 

  1. Twelfth Night unfolds in a world given over to festivity (and here note Feste’s name), even though several of the central characters are grieving.  Define “festivity” in the OED. How does “festivity” function in Twelfth Night? (Does anyone actually do work in this play??) 

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The Material Culture of Early Modern Letters. Jared Faircloth

Much Ado PDF

Constraints and Creativity

Film Analysis

Catherine Tate and David Tennant version of Much Ado About Nothing is archived here, for free:

Kenneth Branagh’s version can be viewed on for $2.99:

And Joss Whedon’s Much Ado can also be rented on Amazon:

King Charles I’s Copy of Shakespeare, British Library

1600 Quarto of Much Ado About Nothing




“Moral Injury”: perpetuating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply-held moral beliefs and expectations.

Common among combat veterans who have violated their own moral codes when they kill or witness others killing and being killed

Bill Bryson on Shakespeare 2007

Will Kempe, c. 1560 – c. 1603: Dogberry, Bottom (MND), Costard (LLL), probably Falstaff Goold’s Merchant of Venice: over-consumption, greed, personal advancement, financial and romantic fantasyall relationships are mercantile: an economic system based on merchants as middle-agents between producers and consumersList of Shakespeare Plays: what’s different about Merchant of Venice?

Greenblatt on Shylock, 2017Ginsburg on Shylock, 2016Love and Service in Twelfth Night
“In sooth I know not why I am so sad””In Belmont is a lady richly left””If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife / Become a Christian and thy loving wife””The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction””The Duke shall grant me justice”