Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series presented by Folger Institute
This lecture will consider the relationship between ballads and Shakespeare’s plays on stage and page. Considering the way ballads were traded at playhouses, sung in plays, performed as post-play entertainments, and sold to promote playbooks, Professor Stern examines how ballads, in performance and in broadsheets, came to advertise Shakespeare – and how Shakespeare’s plays, in performance and in playbooks, came to advertise ballads.
Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama and a Tutorial Fellow at University College, at Oxford University. She has twice won the David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Modern Drama Studies, for Documents of Performance in Early Modern England and Shakespeare in Parts. She is on the editoral board of the RSC Shakespeare, the Greenwood Shakespeare Encyclopedia and Shakespeare Quarterly.