Author Archives: Kate O'Connor

About Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor works as Publicity & Outreach Director for Post5 Theatre, Literary Assistant and Office Manager for the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, and Dramaturgy Intern for the Profile Theatre. She earned her M.St. in English Literature 1550-1700 at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and a BA in English from Stanford University. As an undergraduate she worked as the research assistant to Prof. David Riggs and as Literary Intern for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Great Students Inspire: Thomas Hardy Exam Resource

A class of fifth formers at the King’s School Canterbury (the alma mater of Christopher Marlowe) were preparing for their GCSE exam, and decided there was no need to keep their close analysis of Thomas Hardy close to their chests. … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Discovering Open Educational Resources

While writing my dissertation for my Masters this past June, I needed to know how many times Iago is called a ‘devil’ in Shakespeare’s Othello. And I realised there was a time in my life when this actually would have involved counting. … Continue reading

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The Curious Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Youth F. Scott Fitzgerald was born 24 September 1896 to a salesman father and an Irish-Catholic mother who was the heir to a successful Minnesota grocery store. The F. Scott of F. Scott Fitzgerald stands for Francis Scott; he was … Continue reading

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Thomas Kyd: An English Tragedy

Very little is known about the life of Renaissance playwright Thomas Kyd. Though scholars say that often, in this case there is an especially frustrating dearth of information (and surviving texts). Thomas Kyd was born in 1558 in London, the son of … Continue reading

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Nick Hornby: A Modern Classic?

Nick Hornby’s 1992 novel Fever Pitch has been added to the Penguin Modern Classics list- a list that includes works by George Orwell, Albert Camus, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, and P. G. Wodehouse, among others. Check out the resulting … Continue reading

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English Renaissance Timeline: Some Historical and Cultural Dates

1558 – Queen Elizabeth I is crowned, and Thomas Kyd is born 1563 – Martin Luther’s Thirty-Nine Articles are published 1564 – William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe are born 1569 – Northern England rebels on behalf of Mary Queen of … Continue reading

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Approaches to Literature

You’ve seen a couple of examples here on the blog, but our new Approaches section is now online and fully functional! The approaches are series of themes inteded to inspire student, teachers, and others to examine literature from different angles. Each … Continue reading

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