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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.

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.

Birds of Shakespeare: The loon
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Birds of Shakespeare: The loon

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Missy Dunaway

The loon appears just once in Shakespeare’s plays, in a line from Macbeth.

Quiz: Hamlet or Polonius?
Hamlet in a ruff
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Quiz: Hamlet or Polonius?

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Who said it: Hamlet or Polonius? Test your knowledge of these well-known lines from Hamlet.

Excerpt: "Anne-thology: Poems Re-Presenting Anne Shakespeare"
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Excerpt: "Anne-thology: Poems Re-Presenting Anne Shakespeare"

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Read four poems from a newly published collection that marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife.

Not simply Shakespeare's wife: Marking the 400th anniversary of Anne Hathaway's death with poetry
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Not simply Shakespeare's wife: Marking the 400th anniversary of Anne Hathaway's death with poetry

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Katherine Scheil

The editors of a new collection of poetry about Anne Hathaway share their take on her life and why she deserves a book of her own.

Shakespeare and gaming in "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
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Shakespeare and gaming in "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor reflects on the Shakespeare allusions and storytelling world in Gabrielle Zevin’s bestselling novel.

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