We're back to teachin' Shakespeeeeeare today! This episode features an interview with my lovely friend and brilliant human Dr. Lucy Hinnie! Lucy is currently Wikimedian-in-Residence at the British Library, and is completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan.
In the course of our convo about the second-year Shakespeare: Comedy and History class that Lucy taught in 2020, we get into: how to demystify Shakespeare for those who are intimidated by his work; attending with care to the social and political issues raised by studying Shakespeare's work, such as consent and colonialism; the problem with worrying about “anachronism” in our work on historical literature; critique is not cancellation, “Shakespeare be Shakespeare!,” burn it all down (!!!), and more. It's a fun one, y'all.
- Find Lucy on Twitter or her website, and check out her Bannatyne Manuscript project and the student blog for the Medieval Women course she instructed. Lucy is also a busy podcaster herself, with recent appearances on Scotichronicast, Coding Codices, and the AskHistorians podcast.
- Read all of Shakespeare's plays online and for free from The Folger Shakespeare Library.
- Check out a couple of the readings Lucy mentions: “A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Stolen Generation” by Anna Kurian and Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain by Carissa M. Harris.
- Decolonize Palestine is the resource I highlight at the end of the episode. You can support the resource by becoming a patron.
- See Eve Tuck's tweet about Truth and Reconciliation, decolonization, and Palestine, and read her essay, co-written with K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is not a Metaphor.”
The podcast music is by Dyalla Swain and the graphics are by @muskrathands.
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**The transcript for this episode, once available, will be here.**