I haven't posted for a while, for which I apologise. I've been a swot, basically - yesterday was the deadline for my penultimate essay for the MA course.
This was the Early Modern Drama piece - that is, contemporaries of Shakespeare. There were a lot
. Even if you rule out the Big Names you've heard of, like Will himself, Marlowe and Webster, you are left with hordes of them. Seriously - you could visualise them galloping across the steppes and laying waste with a will. Or without him. Anyway, in significant, destructive numbers. They did love the blood and gore. A lot.
My chosen topic was gender in magic and the Dark Arts. That is, wizards and witches and how they were presented differently in a habitually misogynist society. Attitudes which still prevail, if you think about it.
Google Image search "witch" gives you this on the first page:http://www.viralport.com/are-you-a-witch/
Click to see the original site, which, totally serendipitously, is about gendering witches, amongst other things.
OTOH, search for "wizard", and you get, not exactly surprisingly, a lot of art, then photos of Gandalf, Dumbledore, Merlin, Harry Potter...:
Yes, the Daily Fail reporting a "real-life Dumbledore" opening his own wizards' school. In California, you will be astonished to learn.
As it is now, so was it back then. Fascinatingly, though, ...