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Better than a Pound of Sorrow: Antidotes for Melancholy in Early Modern England
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Better than a Pound of Sorrow: Antidotes for Melancholy in Early Modern England

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Andrés Gattinoni

Fellow Andrés Gattinoni looks at Early Modern collections of music and jokes intended to cure melancholy.

A ‘declineing time’? The final illnesses of Constance and Elizabeth Lucy
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A ‘declineing time’? The final illnesses of Constance and Elizabeth Lucy

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Emma Marshall

Folger Fellow Emma Marshall explores the history of the women of the Lucy family.

There's the Short and the Long 'ſ/f'
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There's the Short and the Long 'ſ/f'

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KM Fikes

Artistic Fellow Krysten Fikes explores the long ‘s’ in the context of her project on Black American Ebonics and Elizabethan English.

Beyond a Cure for Plague
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Beyond a Cure for Plague

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Kathleen Miller

Fellow Kathleen Miller explores the Early Modern use of plague cures to treat more than one type of illness

Interview and excerpt: Jessica Goethals, Margherita Costa, Diva of the Baroque Court
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Interview and excerpt: Jessica Goethals, Margherita Costa, Diva of the Baroque Court

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Jessica Goethals

An interview with Dr. Jessica Goethals and an excerpt from her 2023 book Margherita Costa, Diva of the Baroque Court.

Who Cares about Care?
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Who Cares about Care?

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Zachary Dorner

Fellow Zachary Dorner explores how labor, medical care, and class interacted in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Puzzling Through a Stage Direction in Love’s Labor’s Lost
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Puzzling Through a Stage Direction in Love’s Labor’s Lost

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Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich

Fellow Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich explores what a stage direction about Blackamoors might mean.

Flamboyant Plants
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Flamboyant Plants

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Amy Reid

Artistic Research Fellow Amy Reid explores the queer history and meaning of plants using the Folger collection in an audiovisual project.

Surveying the Bird’s-Eye View
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Surveying the Bird’s-Eye View

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Mark Rosen

Fellow Mark Rosen explores the Folger’s collection from a bird’s-eye view.

Mariam Rising: A Short Closet Play by Jay Eddy
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Mariam Rising: A Short Closet Play by Jay Eddy

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Jay Eddy

Folger artistic fellow Jay Eddy presents a closet play combining early modern drama with current events.

The Jew of Malta and Empire
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The Jew of Malta and Empire

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Philip Goldfarb Styrt

Fellow Philip Goldfarb Styrt uses Marlowe’s play to examine how early modern drama portrayed the problems of empire.

Shakespeare’s Asia: Ships, spices, and porcelain
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Shakespeare’s Asia: Ships, spices, and porcelain

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Su Fang Ng

Folger Fellow Su Fang Ng examines several Shakespeare allusions to Asia that reinforce associations with spices, trade, and voyages.

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