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Shakespeare, videogames, and Gabrielle Zevin’s 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow'

Held on the first Thursday of the month, the Folger’s virtual book club is free and open to all. To spark discussion, speakers provide historical context, throw in trivia, and speak to relevant items from the library collection in a brief presentation to participants before small-group discussion begins. Here, we revisit the presentation by Dr. Erin Sullivan, a Reader at the Shakespeare Institute, about her research on Shakespeare and digital technologies as related to the novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Discussion questions for the novel can be found here.

I’ve spent much of the last decade thinking about the interconnections between Shakespeare and digital culture. It all started with my work at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, where I was helping develop distance learning masters courses for students around the world. How can you take the kinds of intellectual engagement, community, and intensity that students experience in-person and meaningfully translate them to an online realm?

Then came the steady growth of live theatre broadcasting, which saw theatres like the National Theatre in London, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada live recording and in many cases transmitting their stage productions to cinema audiences near and far. Did it still feel like theatre, and how did the camera angles and editing shape the emotional experience of the spectator?

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Capitol Hill Community Foundation
Junior League of Washington

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