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The Banker of Florence

by Yang Yu This is my journey in Italy in 1520: As George Wordsworth, plenipotentiary of Cardinal Giulio de’Medici (de facto ruler of Florence who later became Pope Clement VII), I was sent on a mission to Rome, Naples, Venice, Ravenna and Bologna, to grind the bloody Italian War that has been raging since 1494 […]

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Antic Disposition and Frantic Appositions: reflections on Shakespeare’s “Words”

Polonious. […] What do you read, my lord? Hamlet. Words, words, words. (Hamlet, 2. 2. 191-192). In the late nineties, as a student of English Language and Literature at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, I had the honour to attend a couple of courses which were held by Agostino Lombardo, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of […]

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Anonymous Venetian

For one day Anonymous Venetian was neither the heart-rending film with Tony Musante and Florinda Bolkan nor one of Donna Leon’s great mysteries, but the premiere of Roland Emmerich’s anti-Shakespearian would-be blockbuster. Ca’Foscari University of Venice was given the privilege of the first Italian showing, and the house Shakespearians volunteered a round-table on the authorship […]

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“The play’s the thing”

Back in April I posted a blog about a talented group of Italian students who devised their own take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – see http://bloggingshakespeare.com/i-talk-of-dreams During their stay in Stratford the students told me about their plan to tackle ‘Hamlet’ as their next theatrical venture.  I showed them some photos of past productions, and talked with […]

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“I talk of dreams”

I spent last week working with a lovely group of College students from Ivrea, Italy.  While all visiting groups from overseas tend to be excited by the prospect of a week working with Shakespeare’s plays right next to his birthplace in Stratford, this group was particularly energized because the trip had come to represent so […]

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