Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Sunday, 24 January 2021
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Thinking Activity: Points to Ponder
- Wilde originally subtitled “A Serious Comedy for Trivial People” but changed that to “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” What is the difference between the two subtitles?
- Which of the female character is the most attractive to you among Lady Augusta Bracknell, Gwendolen Fairfax, Cecily Cardew and Miss Prism? Give your reasons for she being the most attractive among all.
- The play repeatedly mocks Victorian traditions and social customs, marriage and the pursuit of love in particular. Through which situations and characters is this happening in the play.
- Queer scholars have argued that the play's themes of duplicity and ambivalence are inextricably bound up with Wilde's homosexuality, and that the play exhibits a "flickering presence-absence of… homosexual desire" Do you agree with this observation? Give your arguments to justify your stance.
Radio Play Performance of the Importance of Being Earnest
Saturday, 16 January 2021
The Rover or The Banish'd Cavaliers: A Play by Aphra Behn
Inscription on Aphra Behn's Tombstone:
Video Resources on 'The Rover'
- Carnival Politics, Generous Satire, and Nationalist Spectacle in Behn's The Rover. Adam R Beach. Duke University Press. 2004.
- Aphra Behn's The Rover engages with the social, political and sexual conditions of the 17th century, as well as with theatrical traditions of carnival and misrule. Elaine Hobby introduces Behn's play and explores how it was first performed and received
- Aphra Behn's The Rover: Evaluating Women's Social and Sexual Options
Monday, 4 January 2021
Absalom and Achitophel: John Dryden
A second part of the poem—largely composed by Nahum Tate, playwright and poet laureate of Britain, but containing 200 lines by Dryden that were directed at his literary rivals Thomas Shadwell and Elkanah Settle—was published in 1682. (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica)