Shakespeare, not Shakespeare | Fool’s Gold

By April 5, 2015 No Comments

This week, I’m at the Shakespeare Association of America conference,which has the best Twitter hashtag ever: #shakeass15.

The official hashtag for an important international academic conference is #shakeass15.

You’re welcome.

This week, a quick bit of foolery for you. I call it:

Shakespeare that Isn’t Shakespeare

For example: There’s a website with computer languages called Shakespeare, “a family of type-safe, efficient template languages. Shakespeare templates are expanded at compile-time, ensuring that all interpolated variables are in scope. Variables are interpolated according to their type through a typeclass.”

I have no idea what this means. Perhaps this is how some folks feel when they read Troilus and Cressida.

There’s also a fly-fishing company called Shakespeare Fishing. Why is it called Shakespeare fishing? I’m not sure. I did a text search of the plays and couldn’t find the word “fishing” in them, so I can’t even give you a cute Shakespeare related example.

In more actually-Shakespearean news,Douglas Bruster, a professor at UT-Austin, is publishing on what he is calling Shakespeare’s “brand,” which is a visual image (something like what we would call a logo) which appears on a few manuscripts. You can read more about it or see the image over on UT-Austin’s website.

And finally, a quiz, matching Shakespeare’s quotes to the correct play.

Some are easy, but some are rather obscure. Let us know how you scored!

Meanwhile, I’ve got to get back to #shakeass15-ing.

…all that glisters is not gold!


Sara Keeth

Author Sara Keeth

Sara Keeth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her current project is on maternal representation in Shakespeare's English history plays. She takes Shakespeare jokes very, very seriously.

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