Episode 18: The Island Princess

Are you sick of current events in the United States, the UK, or wherever you are right now? Take a 40 minute break from reality with this episode. Bard Times podcast will whisk you away to an Early Modern vacation in a tropical paradise! Bodice-ripping thrills and swash-bucking adventure awaits you in this romance by John Fletcher.

(Full disclosure: this “paradise” is still chock-full of Islamophobia, cultural appropriation, and imperialist politics… so it really isn’t that different from real life in 2017.)

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This 2012 edition of the play by Clare McManus is soooo good

Talking Points:

  • Clare McManus’s exceptionally wonderful edition of this play (Arden series)
  • This one scene from The Princess Bride, another classic from the romance genre.
  • Do these characters have any psychological depth? Does it matter if they don’t?
  • This play is obsessed with masculinity and honour.
  • The politics (and sexiness) of religious conversion.

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