Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mary's Annotated Bibliography (1)

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My paper is going to take a detailed look at Shakespeare's plays and online informal analysis, particularly through Tumblr.  I would like to compare the position of these unknown critics to the common critics that appear within the plays themselves.  My working title is something along the lines of "The Voice of 'Common' Critics in Shakespeare and on Tumblr."  My thesis is developing into something such as, "Although internet criticism is often looked down on as the expression of the uninformed masses, the role of the common people in Shakespeare's plays and the intelligent analysis of his plays through websites such as Tumblr demonstrate that these sources are important to new interpretations and understandings of these familiar works."

2. Performances

Movieclips. "Henry V (6/10) Movie CLIP - If His Cause Be Wrong (1989) HD." YouTube. 22 April 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv7NsGCDVDs>.
This is a clip of the Kenneth Branaugh Henry V, where the king is talking to his soldiers in disguise.  This scene in one of those I plan to reference in exploring the more common voices in Shakespeare's play.

goodticklebrain.  "'St. Crispin's Day' speech in Original Pronunciation."  Good Tickle Brain 25 October 2015, <http://goodticklebrain.tumblr.com/post/131876408532/st-crispins-day-speech-in-original>.
Here, a blog owner was able to get someone to read the "St. Crispin's Day" speech in the accent that it might have originally been performed in.  This recording will help me demonstrate how social media helps others to confer in analyzing Shakespeare's works in casual and professional ways.

4.  Media Sources

goodticklebrain. Good Tickle Brain,< http://goodticklebrain.tumblr.com/>.
This blog is a center of comics based on Shakespeare's works that sometimes satirizes and dissects the themes of his plays.  It is full of examples of how social media, specifically Tumblr, is a place for important informal analysis, which will aid my point.

incorrectshakespeare. Incorrect Shakespeare Quotes, <http://incorrectshakespeare.tumblr.com/>.
Another blog, this site uses satire and meme culture to critique Shakespeare's plays.  I can also reference this blog when looking at how social media allows for critique from voices that might otherwise be ignored.

bevsi. "hamlet&ophelia." Bev Johnson. 6 March 2016, 11:46 PM, <http://bevsi.tumblr.com/post/140611037266/hamletophelia>.
Here is an artists depiction of Ophelia and Hamlet that provides interesting insight into their relationship through gesture and expression.  I can use this as one example of how someone not associated with studies in literature was able to publish a detailed analysis in the mode of informal art.


  1. Mary! This sounds like a really fun topic. I'm not super familiar with tumblr but I like your analysis of what it represents in bringing common voices to the conversation surrounding Shakespeare. Your sources look like they will contribute a lot to your paper.

  2. This could be very groundbreaking and is well formulated so far. I think part of the burden of your argument is going to be what constitutes criticism or meaningful, analytical conversation. It is not difficult to point to the inane and uninformed responses to anything through today's popular social media. You're going to have to convince those who are suspect of anything serious on Tumblr that what is going on in some way compares to the seriousness of analysis and criticism done more traditionally. The other side of this will be researching the commoners of Shakespeare's day and perhaps drawing analogies to Tumblr. Qualify your claim and don't claim more than you can. Great first steps!

  3. I love your variety of sources! It's cool that we can bring in so many different sources from all over the place.