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“Censure me in your wisdom”: Bowdlerized Shakespeare in the nineteenth century

“Censure me in your wisdom”: Bowdlerized Shakespeare in the nineteenth century By Alexa Huang Shakespeare has been used to divert around censorship, “sanitized” and redacted for children, young adults and school use, and even used as a form of protest all over the world. While censors have reacted differently to Shakespeare (sometimes with a blind […]

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Hamlet and Man Ray’s Painting

Hamlet and Man Ray’s Painting By Alexa Huang In the opening scene of Hamlet, the Danish prince accuses his mother of not genuinely mourning her husband’s death and of marrying his uncle too quickly: “Seems, madam! nay it is; I know not ‘seems.’” Here he is alluding to “the trappings and the suits of woe,” […]

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Published 23 April 2015

Why Shakespeare Still Matters

Shakespeare has mattered ever since his name first appeared in print in 1593 with his erotic and entertaining poem, Venus and Adonis. He was 29 years old. For much of the poem the goddess of love is naked and begging for sex before Adonis, but he resists her advances. Venus and Adonis was a sensation […]

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Edited by Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor

3rd Notre Dame Wells Shakespeare Lecture

This year’s Shakespeare lecture in honour of Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E. was given by Professor Ann Thompson of King’s College London. Her talk was called ‘”You need not tell us what Lord Hamlet said”.: Have we heard it all?’ She begins by fantasizing about what it must be like never to have read Hamlet, and […]

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Romeo played by Johnny Depp. Now that I would have liked to see. He has, to be sure, scrupulously avoided playing the gorgeous romantic leads that his looks would have made possible, but in his lost vulnerable Gilbert Grape and Sam (of Benny and Joon) days he would have put more depth, or at least […]

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A Horse With Wings and other songs for children sung by characters from Shakespeare
Words and Music by Daeshin Kim, Illustrations by Sohyun An Kim

Back to School with Shakespeare

                  While attending the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elementary Educators Conference this summer, I had the supreme pleasure of meeting two fantastic authors,  who have supplied those of us who dare to teach Shakespeare with two inspiring, new resources for the classroom.  Acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig recently published […]

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Keeping up with Shakespeare

When I started blogging on Shakespeare Calling a couple of years ago I had some kind of vague ambition – alongside of reading the plays and writing short responses to them – of seeing all the movies based on the plays, going to the theater to see the productions, reading the books about the plays… […]

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Bitola International Shakespeare Festival

Bitola, Macedonia, 19-25 July 2013   The Bitola Shakespeare Festival is extending the bold intercultural experiment of last year’s Globe-to-Globe Festival in London. As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Globe-to-Globe launched a planetary Shakespeare project by inviting 37 companies from around the world to perform the playwright’s works in their home languages. The Bitola […]

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Shakespeare's Playlist

Shakespeare’s Playlist

While the works of William Shakespeare have shaped nearly all facets of modern culture today, his influence is keenly felt in the popular music scene.  Marjorie Garber, an English professor at Harvard University, writes in her book Shakespeare and Modern Culture (Pantheon Books, 2008), “Shakespeare makes modern culture and modern culture makes Shakespeare”. In 1949, the first VW Beetle arrived in […]

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