I had other plans for today’s microblog, but I’m thinking about the Shakespeare course I teach every spring and the postcards on my desk are waiting to be shared.
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“As You Like It” is from the Postcards from Penguin collection of Penguin classic covers; I received it for a “Book Lover’s Postcard” swap. The other two are from the Shakespeare’s Plays collection of postcards featuring images from the Library of Congress. They will be on their way soon to a couple of Shakespeare-loving friends to celebrate the beginning of the semester.
As part of our conversation about Shakespeare’s world, we will discuss Queen Elizabeth I whose portrait was among the postcards on my desk.
I’m looking forward to hearing what students have to say about portraiture and Queen Elizabeth I, particularly after they study a more “truthful” painting: “A Picture of Misery,” Portrait of Queen Elizabeth. I have a feeling they won’t be fazed by the “enhancing” of portraits. They live in an age in which they can modify any image with an iPhone and an app.