Thursday, June 5, 2008

Marvelous. Intriguing.

Greer, Germaine. Shakespeare's Wife. New York: Harper, 2007.

The Shakespeare Institute's conference has only just started, but already a host of ideas is swirling around in my head.

Not all of them are from the conference, but I promised myself that this would be a very Shakespeare-intense series of days.

When I'm not walking to some of my favorite old restaurants around the area, I'm reading Germain Greer's Shakespeare's Wife. It's quite lovely--disarming at points, funny quite a lot, sometimes contradictory but extraordinarily scholarly, the book is a very good read.

I fell for it when I first saw the chapter headings. Like Tom Jones (the novel, not the singer--that's why the MLA form for underlining is so important . . . I can easily distinguish between Tom Jones and Tom Jones--the chapter headings are huge and whimsical.

One of my favorites so far is Chapter Five:

Chapter Five of the making of a match, of impediments to marriage and how to overcome them, of bonds and special licenses and pregnancy as a way of forcing the issue, of bastards and bastardy, and the girl who got away
Very nice.

And applicable to my paper--which is to be delivered at 9:00 tomorrow morning.

In short, I'm enjoying the book very much. I just hope I enjoy giving the paper half as much.

Perhaps I should revamp my title to fit Greer's style . . . .

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