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
How we got "The Winter’s Tale" and where it went from there
Where did Shakespeare get the idea for The Winter’s Tale? From publication in the First Folio to 18th-century adaptations, explore the history of this well-known play.
Excerpt: "Shakespeare in Bloomsbury" by Marjorie Garber
The young Virginia Woolf encounters Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and gives her opinions.
“Haunt me still”: Shakespeare’s ghosts
Austin Tichenor explores the powerful theatricality of Shakespeare’s ghosts, among whom the most famous is probably Hamlet’s father.
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.