As I hope many of you already know, last week, Roger Stritmatter and Lynne Kositsky posted "A Moveable Feast", a key article in their Tempest work, on their website. My brief review, Sir John Falstaff vs. Lean Macilente
, highlights their acknowledgment of Ben Jonson's mastery of Shrovetide themes for his dramas and masques. As you'll see, I also noted what seemed to me the weakest part of their essay, before moving on to "the good stuff", of which there is plenty.
Roger responded to this critique in two posts on his website, New Publications
and The "Day of the Tempest" and the Revels Records
In "The Day of the Tempest", John B. Bender speculates on The Tempest's
possible relevance to the celebration of Hallowmas, given the fact that on Nov. 1, 1611, this was the play chosen for the court's entertainment. I'll be reviewing his article, and Roger's comments on his article, next week.