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03 October 2007 @ 12:16 pm
a plague on both your houses  
I have a really hard time reading or watching things about the plague. (When my friend and I went to the Museum of London in August, we were practically the only people who didn't stop to watch the video about the Black Death.)

I feel as though this will prove to be a real detriment to my career.

The reason this came up is that I'm trying to find some interesting angles into R&J for the week, and I thought it might be useful to make it clearer that plague is a real threat, not just a contrivance to make the Friar's letter go awry (especially for students who've grown up on Baz Luhrmann's film, where the letter gets delayed because Romeo apparently cannot take time out of his punishing schedule of hitting rocks with a stick to notice that someone's just walked up to his trailer, even though he's so eager for news from Verona that he practically tackles Balthazar later). But I'm having a hard time doing the appropriate reading--trying to find some contemporary passage about the disease without making myself feel ill and sad.

It's either this or sonnets. Either way, I'm just not looking forward to teaching. Even I am bored by my own ideas. Even the idea of having to take attendance on Friday is making me slightly nauseated. This is bad. How did I get so scared of teaching in just one year?
Current Mood: worriedworried
the cold geniusangevin2 on October 3rd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I thought I was the only one. About plague, I mean; I only fear teaching when it's comp.

The place to go, if you can steel yourself, is probably Nashe's Wonderful Year, but you may already know that.
tempestsarekind: free radicals and tanninstempestsarekind on October 3rd, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
No, it's a real problem for me. I (partly) blame my mother, who used to watch a lot of TV about Nostradamus and the end times when I was young (she's not really religious, but oddly interested in prophecies), and then I would have nightmares about pestilence. Fun!

I thought Wonderful Year was Dekker? I checked it out for a paper that I thought would involve people's worries about the succession, only it turned out not to, and I never read it. It might still be on my bookshelf, actually...
the cold genius: *headdesk*angevin2 on October 3rd, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
AUGH. You are right, and I am wrong. They're both named Thomas and interested in London civic culture and cony-catching, and that's the only excuse I can make for my memory lapse.
tempestsarekind: princess elizabethtempestsarekind on October 4th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
See? They are practically the same person! :)