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BECOMING OTHELLO! A gender-flipped journey onstage and in the archive
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BECOMING OTHELLO! A gender-flipped journey onstage and in the archive

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Debra Ann Byrd

Debra Ann Byrd writes about encountering an early female Othello in the Folger collection and developing her memoir and solo show, Becoming Othello.

Translating the Chinese classic 'The Peony Pavilion' with a 'Shakespearean flavor'
The Peony Pavilion
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Translating the Chinese classic 'The Peony Pavilion' with a 'Shakespearean flavor'

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Esther French

The Peony Pavilion. “Kunqu performance at Peking University.” Wikimedia Commons / Antonis SHEN / CC BY-SA 2.0 Could Chinese literature be more popular with English-speaking audiences if translators favored words, phrases and poetic forms that spark associations with Shakespeare? This…

Small Latin and Less Greek: A Look at the Inkhorn Controversy
a photograph of a page in a dictionary
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Small Latin and Less Greek: A Look at the Inkhorn Controversy

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Sara Schliep

The Inkhorn Controversy in the 15th and 16th centuries focused on the use of long, Latinate words as opposed to shorter, Saxon-rooted English counterparts.

A Guide to Ladies: Hannah Woolley's missing book emerges from the archives
A Guide to Ladies by Hannah Woolley
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A Guide to Ladies: Hannah Woolley's missing book emerges from the archives

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David B. Goldstein

One of Hannah Woolley’s books has sat hidden in plain sight at the Folger since 1990—included in the Folger online catalog, but missing from an international database that scholars often use to search for early English books. It is the…

In the News: In Rare Books, Centuries-Old Proteins Can Reveal the Past
Sample of book dust being removed from 17th-century Bible. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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In the News: In Rare Books, Centuries-Old Proteins Can Reveal the Past

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Recent news about proteomics (the study of proteins) in the humanities has included a Folger Shakespeare Library project, irreverently called Project Dustbunny, that studies proteins in rare books to learn about those who once handled or read them.

Savory biscuits from a 17th-century recipe
Savory Cogs Biscuits. All photography by Brittany Diliberto. www.beetwosweet.com
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Savory biscuits from a 17th-century recipe

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Elisa Tersigni Jack Bouchard

Interested in adding variety to your Thanksgiving dinner? Try this modernized 17th-century recipe for savory biscuits based on a manuscript in the Folger collection.

In the spirit of Oktoberfest: Food, drink, and changing times in early modern Europe
Hartmann Schopper. Panoplia omnium… 1568. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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In the spirit of Oktoberfest: Food, drink, and changing times in early modern Europe

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Jack Bouchard

As October comes to an end, we celebrate food, drink, and culture in the German cities of Shakespeare’s day, including the creation of beer and wine and the harvest festivals each fall, marked by our modern-day tradition of Oktoberfest.

Who decides what’s in a canon? Jeremy Lopez on English literary history
A select collection of old plays
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Who decides what’s in a canon? Jeremy Lopez on English literary history

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Lopez looks at which early modern plays were considered better than others (and why) and how the works selected to represent the era might change.

Shakespeare Unlimited: Hearing the voices of discovery
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Shakespeare Unlimited: Hearing the voices of discovery

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Esther Ferington

In our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, now celebrating its 100th episode, you can hear so many surprising and often first-person stories by scholars, musicians, authors, actors, and others on all manner of Shakespearean topics.

How Restoration playwrights reshaped Shakespeare’s plays to fit changing political norms and theatrical tastes
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How Restoration playwrights reshaped Shakespeare’s plays to fit changing political norms and theatrical tastes

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Claude Fretz

Restoration Shakespeare was a complex theatrical experience that integrated song, music, dance, and acting; indeed, music and dance, alongside stage machines and movable scenes, were central to the success of Restoration theatre more generally.

The Richard Stonley diary: Rediscovering an early Shakespeare purchase
Richard Stonley diary
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The Richard Stonley diary: Rediscovering an early Shakespeare purchase

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Forty-five years ago on Shakespeare’s birthday, the Folger announced that Laetitia Yeandle, then curator of manuscripts, had “rediscovered” a long-lost diary entry marking the first recorded purchase of Shakespeare’s first publication, Venus and Adonis.

How Ophelia is represented in nineteenth-century English art
John William Waterhouse, Ophelia, 1910
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How Ophelia is represented in nineteenth-century English art

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Rachel Stewart

Victorian artists in England painted many portraits of Ophelia, including this one from 1889 by John William Waterhouse.

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