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Reading Between the Lines of a Postal Card Henry Folger Sent in 1879

By Stephen Grant My first descent into the underground vault at the Folger Shakespeare Library took place in 2007 during a short-term Folger fellowship. With a tape measure stuffed into a side pocket, I trailed Betsy Walsh, head of reader services, as she led me to yards of shelving supporting dozens of gray archival boxes […]

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Great Caesar’s Ghost

By Dr. John Langdon We have just reached that point where latest night bleeds into earliest morning.  A man paces restlessly in a tent in the middle of a military encampment, all his companions long since asleep.  The crucial battle looms ahead of him, and his mind won’t let him rest.  Doubts surround his noblest […]

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Shakespeare, costume, and the Royal Shakespeare Company: an insight into the work of designer Ann Curtis

By Ella Hawkins The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Archive features an impressive collection of original costume designs. Covering a period of approximately 70 years, the collection contains approximately 1,250 individual designs relating to 96 productions staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1919 and 1988. Several boxes featuring in the Trust’s collection contain the work of […]

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The Legal Connection – Shakespeare, Law, and Middle Temple Hall.

By Lucy Nordberg An interview with Professor Jessica Winston, Professor of English and Chair of the History Department at Idaho State University, and author of Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558–1581, published by Oxford University Press (2016). While researching Elizabethan playing spaces, I recently investigated the […]

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“speak like an ancient and most quiet watchman”: Much Ado About Nothing in the Summer of Love

By Kelsey Ridge, University of Birmingham This year, the Globe theatre flourishes its Summer of Love with Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing set in 1914 Mexico during the first wave of Mexican revolution.  It’s an overall lively and engaging production which they bill as “a fusion of Latin music, desert flowers and revolutionary politics.”  […]

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Globalization and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century

Globalization and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century By Alexa Alice Joubin Some people register a sense of place through sweet memories of taste and sounds, others through scent and smell, and still others through images in their mind’s eye. To me, the world is made up of stories. Stories full of sound and fury. […]

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From Gdańsk, with love… for Europe and Shakespeare

By Janice Valls-Russell Cranes are – along with spires and towers – part of the Gdańsk cityscape. The harbour had a man-powered crane back in the Middle Ages, to unload cargo in this busy Hanseatic harbour, long before the steel monsters we associate with the city’s shipyards and their politically charged history. Today, building cranes […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Macbeth: Leïla and Ben – A Bloody History

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Macbeth: Leïla & Ben – A Bloody History, Artistes Productuers Associés, dir. Lotfi Achour, Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 13 July 2012 By Adam Hansen, University of Northumbria Ted […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – Julius Caesar

Continuing the series on Shakespeare’s sources – I turn my attention to Julius Caesar. Mark Antony’s famous ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen …’ speech existed in several versions and was famed in Shakespeare’s life as a great rhetorical speech. Shakespeare may even have had to study a version of this speech at school – noting the rhetorical flourishes for […]

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