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WordPress Help


In the table that follows you will find a list of functions and links to help documents that follows the same order in which we installed and configured WordPress during our class workshop.

Function Action
Installation If you need help signing up for a domain through Reclaim or installing WP to your domain check out Installing WordPress
WordPress Basics If you need help identifying parts of the WP dashboard; adding pages or posts; changing your reading settings; or adding themes check out Configuring WordPress on Your Domain
Custom Menus If you need help managing menus check out Working With Custom Menus
Themes If you are looking for resources on themes check out WordPress Themes and Working with Themes in WordPress
Managing Media If you need help working with images check out Publishing Content and scroll down to Media
Digital Citizenship If you need help with attributing images check out Attributing Photos and Searching for CC Licensed Photos
Customization Check out these pages if you need help with plug-ins, configuring widgets, or managing comment settings
Further Help Check out the general help documents WordPress has published. Plus you can find more WP help links to in the right hand sidebar.
Domain Ethos If you want to know why we encourage you to do this sort of publication check out this line, Anatomy of a Domain

RQ: Tempest, Act 1 & Media Ecology

Giant red eel-like sea serpent on antiquarian maritime map, extended


Keep the following questions in mind as you read The Tempest, Act 1 and the first half of Ingo Berensmeyer, “Shakespeare and Media Ecology: Beyond Historicism and Presentism.” The questions are designed to guide your reading practices and our class discussions. You are not required to provide formal answers in class or online.

Tempest Questions

  • How does Prospero cause the storm? Does he cause it? Why does he cause the tempest that seems, to the nobles and sailors, at least, to wreck their ship?
  • What do Sycorax to Prospero have in common? What do Ariel to Miranda have in common? What do Caliban and Ferdinand have in common?
  • What sorts of transformations have all of the characters on the island undergone by the end of the first act?
  • Does Prospero manipulate Miranda and Ferdinand at the end of act one, or do they really experience “love at first site”? How does the “love a first site” motif compare to the tempest with which the play opens?
  • Feel free to use the a database such as Open Source Shakespeare for these sorts of usage questions: What’s the relationship between the words ‘wrack’ and ‘rack’? What does the lack of aural distinction imply? Does Shakespeare repeat any other words or phrases in the first act? If yes, what are the implications?
  • If you had to stage the magical elements the first act of The Tempest how would you do it? In other words, how would you communicate storm at sea (1.1); Ariel’s invisibility (1.2.374); or Caliban’s supposed strangeness?

“Shakespeare and Media Ecology” Questions:

  • What does it mean to think of a play as a blue print, score, or recipe? What does it mean for text to point out to a performance? Do these sorts of texts demand to be treated differently than say a song or a novel?
  • What does Berensmeyer mean by ‘presentism’ & ‘historicism’? How, according to Berensmeyer, are these two schools of literary criticism/inquiry similar? What alternative critical methods does he suggest?
  • “Can we read Shakespeare’s work as belonging to the early modern period and at the same time consider it in its current relevance, since the present continually revisits and restages the plays in different forms and different media” (517)?
  • What is “media ecology,” and what do we gain from applying the discourse to Shakespeare, generally, and The Tempest, specifically?

Getting to Know You



To give your colleagues and I a sense of your interests, please freewrite a response to the following prompt. Once you respond to the prompt, we will discuss the responses–first in pairs, then in groups of four, and then as a class. Make sure you introduce yourself to your colleagues before discussing your responses in pairs and groups.


What is your favorite Shakespeare play or poem? (Or, if you don’t have a favorite Shakespeare work, name your favorite poem, novel, movie, or TV show). Next, in 5-10 sentences, briefly describe how your favorite Shakespeare text helps you to think about contemporary events and/or engages your individual interests.


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