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Shakespeare & Beyond

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.

How we got "The Winter’s Tale" and where it went from there
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How we got "The Winter’s Tale" and where it went from there

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Esther French

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
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Excerpt: "Shakespeare in Bloomsbury" by Marjorie Garber

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The young Virginia Woolf encounters Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and gives her opinions.

“Haunt me still”: Shakespeare’s ghosts
a ghostly man with a white beard and light behind him
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“Haunt me still”: Shakespeare’s ghosts

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Austin Tichenor

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
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Everyday Shakespeare: Creating a calendar of Shakespeare quotes

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Ben Crystal David Crystal

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
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Visualizing Race Virtually: Exploring the art of Shakespeare

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David Sterling Brown

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
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Birds of Shakespeare: The snipe

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Missy Dunaway

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
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters this fall

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Ben Lauer

We take a trip across the country to see what’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters this fall.

Quiz: Family reunions in Shakespeare's plays
a mother and daughter embracing
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Quiz: Family reunions in Shakespeare's plays

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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"
The Great White Bard by Farah Karim-Cooper
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Excerpt: "The Great White Bard"

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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
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Five Shakespeare quotes about the sea

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Steve Mentz

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”
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The Shakespearean parts of “Barbenheimer”

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Austin Tichenor

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
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5 things to look for when you watch Twelfth Night

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Ben Lauer

We ask a few of our favorite Shakespeareans what you should keep an eye out for when you watch Twelfth Night.

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