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Excuse Me While I Disappear

The following lecture was delivered in October and November 2014 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, as a Preamble talk before the weekend matinee performances of King Lear, directed by Founding Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. My remarks focus on the historical context for … Continue reading

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Day 7 in England ~ May 23, 2014

It’s taken me weeks to compile this blog about my study abroad trip in May, when I thought I would be able to do it at nights, before I went to sleep. I knew that planning a study abroad course … Continue reading

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Day 6 in England ~ May 22, 2014

Ended the day back in London again, after a day trip to Bath, which was lovely. We had a hilarious blue badge guide for the day, and then an audio tour of the Roman baths, which are pretty spectacular. They … Continue reading

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Day 5 in England ~ May 21, 2014

I originally wrote this entry in two installments, one following a day wandering around Stratford, and a second late at night after returning home from the theater while my students forayed out to the pubs. The day began with a … Continue reading

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Day 4 in England ~ May 20, 2014

Day 4 of Shakespeare, Collaborators and Competitors with EF College Tours was Oxford and Blenheim day, with a great set of lectures from all participating faculty on the bus between the two about Henry IV and about Winston Churchill. We had … Continue reading

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Day 3 in England ~ May 19, 2014

May I just pause to marvel at how much more time summer teaching seems to take than regular semester teaching? It’s one thing to know that the term is compressed; it’s another thing to navigate it. That is all by … Continue reading

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Day 1 in London ~ May 17, 2014

Here beginneth my account of my Study Abroad course, Shakespeare, Collaborators and Competitors, run in conjunction with EF College Tours. We had a somewhat adventurous trip out of town; there was a fire at the perimeter of O’Hare, and then … Continue reading

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Getting Ready to Go!

I’m writing this in my office, an hour before we are due to meet for our first official class meeting of Shakespeare, Collaborators and Competitors. As soon as we get off of the plane, we will meet up with our … Continue reading

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Study Abroad: “I Want to Go to There”

For many reasons, I have long thought that I really by rights should have been born in another time. As a poet, for example, I’ve always rather liked the idea of a patron: a wealthy person who kept me in … Continue reading

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Exercise 4 from Chapter 10 of Writing Poems, ed. Michelle Boiseau, et. al.

I routinely admonish my creative writing students to remove their earbuds. How will they soak up the inspiration all around them — uniquely them — if they are always listening to someone else’s music, someone else’s lyrics? As for me, … Continue reading

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