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A Bit of Theatre History: Shakespeare, Female Characters, and Big Leads

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here about the distant past — it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here at all! — but because I’ve been playing around with data a bit this week, I...
From: dispositio on 12 Mar 2018

Global Thoughts: Emma Rice, Irreverence, and Irrelevance

So. It’s been over a week since the Emma Rice debacle at the Globe hit the headlines. My first response was anger and disbelief, and obviously, as is my wont, I was ready to blog about it — but then, between seeing shows in Berlin and spending...
From: dispositio on 4 Nov 2016

Theatres and Cell Phones: A Generational Perspective

A brief outburst, prompted by nothing in particular. Well, that’s lie. Prompted by this experience: I found myself walking into the Tom Patterson Theatre at Stratford in a crowd of teenaged high school students, and I was worried. I feared they’d...
From: dispositio on 21 Sep 2016

Prose and Verse in the 1608 King Lear Quarto: An Alternative Explanation

I’ve spent a good deal of time and energy writing about why Brian Vickers’s The One King Lear is such a terribly misguided book — both in an almost endless string of tweets and in a forthcoming long-form essay for the Los Angeles Review...
From: dispositio on 13 Aug 2016

Live-Tweeting The One King Lear

  Three weeks ago I had what seemed like a fun idea at the time: I’d live-tweet a steady stream of my responses to Brian Vickers’s — sorry: Sir Brian Vickers’s — new work of counter-revisionist literary/textual/theatre...
From: dispositio on 2 Jun 2016

Post-Curtain Theatre History

It’s rectangular. This changes everything. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) I suspect that my generation of theatre historians will look back on this day as a game changing moment: the Curtain has been dug up in Shoreditch, and it’s nothing...
From: dispositio on 18 May 2016

Using Performance in Teaching Shakespeare

I wrote this rather grumpy short paper for a roundtable on “Pedagogical Shakespeare: Text, Performance, and Digitalization,” organized by Bradin Cormack and Elizabeth Harvey at this year’s MLA conference. It’s a position statement...
From: dispositio on 10 Jan 2016

Directing and the Impossibility of Criticism

This autumn, I directed a show. It’s something I’ve wanted to do again for a long time — there was a period in my life when I thought I wanted to be a director, and when I returned to grad school, I did so with the ultimately failed...
From: dispositio on 29 Dec 2015

The New Norton Shakespeare and Theatre History

This is the most self-serving of posts. This week, the new third edition of the Norton Shakespeare finally came out. It’s a total overhaul of this widely used text: unlike the first two editions, which were based on the Oxford Shakespeare, “Norton...
From: dispositio on 28 Jul 2015

Fact and Factitiousness: Theatre History and Irresponsible Scholarship

Generally, I think of the posts I write on my blog as related to but separate from my academic work. With the exception of a few conference papers and a handful of other pieces, what I publish here shares some intellectual common ground with my research...
From: dispositio on 10 Nov 2014

Ira Glass Can’t Relate to Shakespeare? Good.

“This American Life” host Ira Glass went to Central Park to see King Lear with John Lithgow in the title role. He thought Lithgow was “amazing.” He also, a bit more controversially, thought the play was kind of crappy (leaving unanswered the question...
From: dispositio on 31 Jul 2014

Where is the Theatre in Original Practice?

“Original practices,” a phrase coined, apparently at Shakespeare’s Globe, in or around 2002, refers to concerted efforts to explore, in a theatrical setting, “certain stage conventions of late sixteenth-century theatre.”[1] As Megan McDonough...
From: dispositio on 26 Jul 2014

My Trouble with Practice-as-Research

This is a set of thoughts and questions I produced for a workshop on (performance) Practice-as-Research (organized by Andy Kesson and Stephen Purcell) at next week’s Shakespeare Association of America conference in St Louis. Nothing I say in here...
From: dispositio on 27 Mar 2014

The Loneliness of the Old White Male

I would not ordinarily do this: I wouldn’t ordinarily attack a colleague in public over something that colleague said in a non-academic publication. Thankfully, David Gilmour isn’t actually a colleague of mine, despite what you might have...
From: dispositio on 26 Sep 2013

Annemarie Matzke at U of T

Dear readers, let me invite you all to a talk I have co-organized with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at U of T as part of their Friday Chat Series: Annemarie Matzke (University of Hildesheim, Germany) “Theatre at Work: Towards...
From: dispositio on 10 Apr 2013

Looking ahead

In my last post, I darkly hinted at a new research project. Let me throw a bit more light on the subject. Over the next couple of years, I’m planning to get my hands dirty in both comparative literature and in practice-based research. Most broadly,...
From: dispositio on 3 Jan 2013

Looking Back, 2012

Things have been quiet here for the past few weeks — life didn’t quite kill the blog, but kept it pretty much dormant. Now that I have a few days of calm, though, I wanted to write two posts: this one, looking back on the past year and what...
From: dispositio on 29 Dec 2012

Stephen Marche? Again?

My old friend Stephen Marche, the renowned Shakespearean, is at it again, this time with an impassioned piece preaching the massively controversial credo that “Literature is not Data.” It’s an attack on authors and academics. Or on digital...
From: dispositio on 29 Oct 2012

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.