It's been a while since I've posted, partly because it's been an extremely busy month. So, without further ado, here's what I've been up to:
Reading: Reading this month has taken two strands. Following on from last month, I finished my trawl through 18th century editions and did some more in-depth work on Edward III's journey to (near) canonicity. My critical reading, though, has been more geared towards the cultural value of 'Shakespeare' and the growth of his centrality in British culture. Andrew Murphy's Shakespeare in Print and Michael Dobson's The Making of the National Poet have been the two biggies, though I've also for the first time read Jonathan Bate's The Genius of Shakespeare. Primarily I'm focussing on getting historical and literary context for Shakespeare's cultural place up until the end of the 18th century.
That's actually been about it for the PhD; the rest of my month has been spent in a blur of conferences, seminars, academic training, teaching and all kinds of other related activities, all of them up on my e-portfolio. I've also got back to my reviewing. It is pleasant to be settling down to doing a bit of reading, and it's sparking off a lot of ideas. Pleasingly, a great many books seem to give related information while not actually applying it to the apocryphal plays, so there are lots of gaps in which my own research fits, the 'missing chapters', so to speak.
Back to the books...