The Shakespeare & Beyond blog features a wide range of Shakespeare-related topics: the early modern period in which he lived, the ways his plays have been interpreted and staged over the past four centuries, the enduring power of his characters and language, and more.
Shakespeare & Beyond
Everyday Shakespeare: Creating a calendar of Shakespeare quotes
Ben and David Crystal share the story behind how they created their new collection of Shakespeare quotes for each day of the year.
Visualizing Race Virtually: Exploring the art of Shakespeare
David Sterling Brown writes about the images and ideas presented in his virtual-reality exhibition, which features art from the Folger collection.
Birds of Shakespeare: The snipe
In Othello Iago refers to Roderigo as a snipe to indicate that he only spends time with him in order to take advantage of him.
What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters this fall
We take a trip across the country to see what’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters this fall.
Quiz: Family reunions in Shakespeare's plays
Shakespeare’s plays are full of family reunions, among them The Winter’s Tale. See if you can identify the correct characters for each one.
Excerpt: "The Great White Bard"
Farah Karim-Cooper explores the way that race is represented by Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello, in this excerpt from her new book, The Great White Bard.
Five Shakespeare quotes about the sea
Shakespeare overflows with sea poetry. Steve Mentz of St. John’s University shares his favorite Shakespeare quotes about the ocean.
The Shakespearean parts of “Barbenheimer”
Austin Tichenor explores how Barbie and Oppenheimer wrestle with Shakespearean themes of identity, hubris, and redemption.
5 things to look for when you watch Twelfth Night
We ask a few of our favorite Shakespeareans what you should keep an eye out for when you watch Twelfth Night.
Birds of Shakespeare: The loon
The loon appears just once in Shakespeare’s plays, in a line from Macbeth.
Quiz: Hamlet or Polonius?
Who said it: Hamlet or Polonius? Test your knowledge of these well-known lines from Hamlet.
Excerpt: "Anne-thology: Poems Re-Presenting Anne Shakespeare"
Read four poems from a newly published collection that marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife.