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Shakespeare & Beyond

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.

“Freshly remembered”: Modern spins on Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech
actor Bill Pullman
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“Freshly remembered”: Modern spins on Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech

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Austin Tichenor

Actor Bill Pullman in a 2021 ad for Budweiser As proof that Shakespeare continues to inspire, one need look no further than a beer commercial that aired this past Fourth of July. Budweiser hired actor Bill Pullman to give a…

What lost Turk plays can tell us about Shakespeare’s England and about ourselves
Osman II
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What lost Turk plays can tell us about Shakespeare’s England and about ourselves

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Murat Öğütcü

The study of extant early modern plays is a painstaking business that moves along a fine line of conjectural and historicist study. With the advent of the Lost Plays Database in 2009, scattered primary and secondary materials have been brought…

Folger Finds: A carved oak casket for holding a Shakespeare First Folio
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Folger Finds: A carved oak casket for holding a Shakespeare First Folio

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Casket, carved in an Elizabethan style 1866.Imagine buying a book and having the queen of England give you a special case in which to store it! That’s what happened after wealthy heiress Angela Burdett-Coutts purchased a Shakespeare First Folio in…

Excerpt: Shakespeare and Latinidad - "In a Shakespearean Key" by Caridad Svich
Caridad Svich and Shakespeare and Latinidad book cover
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Excerpt: Shakespeare and Latinidad - "In a Shakespearean Key" by Caridad Svich

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Caridad Svich. Photo by Jody Christopherson. Playwright and translator Caridad Svich writes about encountering A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a child growing up in a Cuban-American community in Florida: “In Shakespeare, before he was a writer on my syllabus in…

Five Folger Finds for beating the heat and cooling off this summer
swimming
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Five Folger Finds for beating the heat and cooling off this summer

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Is the July heat getting to you? Here are five items from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection that are just right for summertime. 1. A 1699 guide to swimming “In the seventeenth century, swimming was viewed not so much as…

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters this summer
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters this summer

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Ben Lauer

Summer Shakespeare is back. Take a look at the plays that the Folger’s theater partners have onstage this July and August.

Quiz: It’s a Henry play. But which one?
Henry images
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Quiz: It’s a Henry play. But which one?

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(left-right) Mr. Lewis Waller as Henry V (ca. 1910); Peter Crook as King Henry IV, Folger Theatre, 2019, C. Stanley Photography; Zach Appelman as Henry V, Folger Theatre, 2013. Photo by Scott Suchman; Edwin Booth as King Henry VIII. Shakespeare…

Folger Finds: Photographs of Hamlet in Japan
Claudius and Gertrude in Hamlet
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Folger Finds: Photographs of Hamlet in Japan

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In a recent post on the Folger’s Collation blog, assistant curator Elizabeth DeBold shared a small set of photographs, newly added to the Folger collection, that document a 1933 Japanese production of Hamlet: These five photos provide a glimpse of…

Richard III and disability: Excerpt - "Unfixable Forms" by Katherine Schaap Williams
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Richard III and disability: Excerpt - "Unfixable Forms" by Katherine Schaap Williams

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What did Richard III and his disability represent to Shakespeare’s original audiences? And how has this Shakespeare villain shaped the field of early modern disability studies today? Katherine Schaap Williams takes a closer look at these questions in the below…

“This is the English, not the Turkish court”: Ottomans in Shakespeare’s Henriad
The generall historie of the Turkes
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“This is the English, not the Turkish court”: Ottomans in Shakespeare’s Henriad

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Aisha Hussain

In Shakespeare’s Henriad – Richard II (1595), Henry IV Part I (1596), Henry IV Part II (1597), and Henry V (1599) – English Christian characters frequently employ negative Turkish tropes when criticizing each other’s corrupt political agendas. However, these tropes differ from…

What's your favorite Shakespeare play?
Folger Theatre - Love's Labor's Lost
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What's your favorite Shakespeare play?

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Austin Tichenor

(left-right) Joshua David Robinson, Matt Dallal, Zachary Fine, and Jack Schmitt in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Folger Theatre, 2019. Photo by Brittany Diliberto. You’d think I’d have a better answer to the question, “What’s your favorite Shakespeare play?” — but it’s…

A closer look at pregnancy, midwifery, and breastfeeding in the Tudor period
The expert midwife
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A closer look at pregnancy, midwifery, and breastfeeding in the Tudor period

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Jakob Rüff. The expert midwife, 1637. Folger STC 21442 What was everyday life like for women throughout Tudor society? Elizabeth Norton, a historian of the queens of England and the Tudor period, shares stories on the Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast…

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