Posts Tagged ‘Michael John Goodman’


Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive launched by @CardiffUni PhD Student

August 26, 2016

Michael John Goodman

This week Michael John Goodman launched the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive. This is a valuable resource featuring over 3000 illustrations from the four major illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s Complete Works in the Victorian period. Michael Goodman, a PhD candidate at Cardiff University, has painstakingly scanned, tagged and prepared these images and made them available under a creative commons license for others to play around with. This archive is already making me think differently about Shakespeare. For example, I’ve discovered an illustration of Ariel from The Tempest dressed up in a way similar to the representations of Lady Fortune. This begs the question, might Ariel represent a figure of fortune somehow?

Check out the archive here:

Congratulations on a spectacular achievement Mikey!

[Johann Gregory]



‘Shadowplay: Shakespeare Illustration and the Digital Archive’

May 21, 2014

Michael John Goodman (a postgraduate researcher at Cardiff University) will be presenting a paper in Norway on May 26th.

His paper is entitled:

‘Shadowplay: Shakespeare Illustration and the Digital Archive’

  The University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway


The Changing of the Bard: Examining Cultural Constructions of The Tempest

June 14, 2012

Michael Goodman (Cardiff University) gave a paper yesterday at Swansea University as part of the Postgraduate History & Classics Forum Summer Symposium 2012. The topic of the symposium was “Sex, Identity and Morality”.

Here is his abstract:


The Changing of the Bard:

Examining Cultural Constructions of The Tempest


Sex, Identity and Morality are all deeply entwined in Shakespeare’s final masterpiece The Tempest. The aim of this paper is to explore, through three cinematic appropriations of the play, how these concepts have been upheld or subverted in the past sixty years. I will begin with a discussion on Forbidden Planet (1956), which re-imagines The Tempest as a deep space film epic to explore the troubling moral question of how technology should be used appropriately to comment powerfully upon the United States’ political situation and sense of self identity in the 1950’s. Secondly, I will analyse Derek Jarman’s controversial and radical interpretation of the play, The Tempest (1979). In the visual techniques and textual strategies Jarman employs, he creates a sexually subversive and powerful reading of the play that foreshadows Margaret Thatcher’s eleven years as Prime Minister of Britain. Finally, I shall examine Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books (1991).  I suggest that Greenaway’s presentation of women is deeply problematic and that the film is curiously amoral.  The Tempest, I will argue, should be seen as a play that is always reflecting society back at itself, in all its moral complexity.


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