Happy totally-not-your-birthday, Shakespeare

I wasn’t going to do a picture for ol’ Shakspur’s birthday, but then I was having a conversation with @paulshinndraws on facebook and I started annoyingly going on about this (sorry Paul). So I drew it. I can’t say I did it with care and attention, exactly, and I might have forgotten that ‘HAPPY’ doesn’t have an ‘R’ in it. Also I was too lazy to go downstairs to the scanner. It’s been a long day.

More Shakespeare-themed stuff here for your viewing pleasure.

Undergrads! Know Your Shakespeare Criticism!

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So… I scrawled this after a huge pile of marking, I feel it accurately reflects how I feel about criticism in general, to be honest, not just when it’s used by undergrads. Although I should add that there was loads of critic-related cleverness from my students, even about Eliot (I know!). Students are ace.

I would also like to expand my prohibition of Bloom to include all people called Harold. By which I mean, Harold Jenkins.

Then I posted it on Twitter and lots of nice people retweeted and commented! Which was top. And unexpected. And today I even made it into my own mild authorship controversy, when it got posted unattributed on someone else’s blog. [Edit: it appears to have entered tumblr, sans attribution, at some point, and reached said blog through there, so it wasn’t said bloggers’ fault. Apologies happened, no harm done whatsoever!] But then the lovely @RuthAhnert and @wynkenhimself let everyone know – thank you! And here it is on my blog, Googleable and everything, as advised by @wynkenhimself.

And here are some other marking-related scrawls, because why not.

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