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“Something wicked this way comes” – Macbeth and the Gothic tradition

With added pupil posters! We’re all getting a bit excited with AO3 in Macbeth. Quite rightly, we’re focussing on the presentation of women – Lady Macbeth fails at first to conform to the model of the subservient woman and like pretty much all of Shakespeare’s women exhibits a strong sense of independence which is ultimately contained… Continue reading “Something wicked this way comes” – Macbeth and the Gothic tradition

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The Girl on the Train: mobility, voyeurism and the lives of others

Giuliana Bruno likens the experience of watching a film in the cinema to taking a journey. For women at the birth of cinema, it was also an opportunity for them to adopt the role of flaneuse (or female flaneur) – a role denied them by their gender because the nature of the flaneur was a male… Continue reading The Girl on the Train: mobility, voyeurism and the lives of others

AQA · Shakespeare · structure · Teaching Ideas

Y11 Macbeth – structure and masculinity in 4.3

It’s time we talked about structure again. This week, after we have watched a chunk of the play, we will be looking at act 4 scene 3. Not only does this get us away from the claustrophobic atmosphere of Macbeth’s castle (notice how much of the action is staged here) but it also gives us… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – structure and masculinity in 4.3

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Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 – movement and contemplation

Don’t know whether this worked. In an earlier post, I wrote about ventrals and dorsals – the combination of the dynamics of movement and contemplation of the image (Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature). I’m not going to go into too much detail here (you can read the earlier blog) but it’s come from… Continue reading Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 – movement and contemplation