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George Saunders in happier times
The tale of George Saunders and his hopes for a wife.
Engraving the Courtesan: Sex Work and “The Renaissance” in Victorian Books
When is a Hollar not a Hollar? When his name is being used in 19th century depictions of early modern women. Folger Fellow Alicia Meyer looks at sexualization, economic power, and the manipulation of the past.
Exit, Pursued by a Polar? Bear
A brief look at Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction.
Re-Framing the Copy
Folger Fellow Nora Epstein explores the work of the copier Thomas Trevelyon.
Reattribution of M.a.11, An account of the many fine seats of noblemen &c. (1763)
Sometimes, we get new information about one of our collection items. In this case, Erin explains how we came to re-attribute the authorship of Folger MS M.a.11.
Interview and excerpt: Jennie M. Votava, Shakespeare’s Histories On Screen: Adaptation, Race and Intersectionality
An interview with Dr. Jennie M. Votava and an excerpt from her 2023 book, Shakespeare’s Histories On Screen: Adaptation, Race and Intersectionality.
Postcards in the (home) archive 1965–1985
A continuation of the series looking at Folger Shakespeare Library postcards.
The Queen and Pungent Times: Elizabeth I and the politics of smell
Folger Fellow Renée Bricker uses the senses as a way to explore life during the reign of Elizabeth I.
David and Eva Garricks’ Villa at Hampton: Shakespeare in the Landscape
Folger Fellow Kasie Alt explores Eva Maria Garrick’s role in the landscaping of their Hampton estate.
Former Folger-Dumbarton fellow Campbell Hannan examines archival silences and what we can and must do to reveal them.
The Royal Arctic Theatre and HMS Resolute
During the seemingly-endless heat waves of summer, I am drawn to reading about polar exploration. A few years ago I mentioned to a Folger colleague that I had just finished reading Alfred Lansing’s Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, and they replied,…
Interview and excerpt: Debapriya Sarkar, Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science
An interview with Dr. Debapriya Sarkar and an excerpt from her 2023 book, Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science.