A Massive Open Online Course (->MOOC) on Shakespeare (as result of a collaboration between the University of Warwick and the -> Shakespeare Birthplace Trust- (see also Blog-> 205 ) has just started. - Ten weeks Professor Jonathan Bate (s.also Blogs ->187 , -> 189, -> 191) will examine a particular play and a cultural theme alongside a selection of treasures from the Trust’s archives in Stratford-upon-Avon. Weekly learning material will be broken down into six video segments, each examining a variety of extracts.
->The first week gave an introduction: e.g. The ->Shakespeare Chronicle (1.6) tells us, that Shakespeare's first 3 decades of life (1664-1593) reveal no sources for a literary output. It starts with Shakespeare's appearance in London .
Bates states that the year 1592 is the Earliest firm record of Shakespeare’s residency in London: The “Shake-scene” reference in Robert Greene, Groat’s-worth of Wit.
Shouldn' t Bate remaine honest? Why he didn't use the word "possible", or "suspected" instead of "firm".- This of crucial importance for the authorship problem...The Authors Samuel Blumenfeld and Daryl Pinksen have argued to the contrary.-> See their arguments!