Shakespeare Blog Carnival #4

Happy July everyone! The days are getting hotter for me and places with air conditioning are very appealing. So is staying inside and reading, but I’m much too busy for that. I’ve noticed that I haven’t been setting enough time aside to post here as often as I’d like so I’ll try to be more diligent about that and keep you entertained at least every couple days. In this fourth edition of the Blog Carnival there are a few posts that I will be sharing with you that will hopefully educate or entertain you in some fashion. So here it is!

nandita shares the post, Justice, Scalia and The Merchant of Venice. It’s a law blog (say that 5 times fast) but it ties it in to certain legal actions taken in one of Shakespeare’s plays. Think about the questions it raises. Discussion welcome in the comments.

Hannah discusses some interesting casting decisions in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in her blog post, When I a Fat and Bean-Fed Horse Beguile.

Did Shakespeare’s plays originally use horses on stage? Craig Bryant explores the possibility in β€œA horse! A horse! My kingdom…”. Who knows for sure? It may have been a big crowd pleaser to ride through the groundlings…

Duane Morin wonders What Exactly Is A Collier?. This simple question sparks an interesting discussion on Shakespeare bawdy wordplay and intentions.

That concludes this edition. Stay tuned for more Bardy Bawdy fun here and elsewhere in the ShakesBlogosphere. And now Feste the clown will wrap it up with a [slightly edited] song…
A great while ago this post began
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one — the carnival’s done;
And we’ll strive to please you every day.