Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Shakespeare Plus: Medieval queens, the women who've edited Shakespeare, and more




Molly Yarn on Shakespeare's 'Lady Editors'

The women laboring on editions of Shakespeare's works have received little credit or attention over the centuries. On this Shakespeare Unlimited episode, Molly Yarn brings to light some of their names and stories.


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Medieval Queens and the Walking Forest

While working on her book about the medieval queens Brunhild and Fredegund, author Shelley Puhak stumbled across a connection with Shakespeare: a battle strategy that you may be familiar with from Macbeth.




Shirine Babb and Missy Dunaway


Shakespeare Lightning Round: An Actor, an Artist

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Best disguise in Shakespeare? Most overrated Shakespeare play? Tune in on Instagram Live for the Folger's fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard. Mark these upcoming episodes on your calendar:

Wed, Mar 9, 5pm ET
Shirine Babb
, an actor whom Folger audiences may know best for her performance as Cleopatra in 2017, joins us to talk about playing Nerissa in Theatre for New Audience and Shakespeare Theatre Company's The Merchant of Venice.

Wed, Apr 20, 5pm ET
Missy Dunaway
, an artist and 2021-22 Folger artist-in-residence fellow, will share about her Birds of Shakespeare project. (She will also be a guest on Folger Director Michael Witmore's interview series, Virtually Everything—an exclusive program for Folger members.)




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Early Modern Women Athletes

A Folger fellow explores the history of picturing women athletes, how these images can be hard to find and interpret, but also why they’re so valuable and compelling.


Sanitized Shakespeare

In this excerpt from Shakespeare's 'Lady Editors', Molly Yarn writes about how 19th-century editors "cleaned up" Shakespeare for kids... and young women.


Is Shakespeare for Everyone?

Austin Tichenor lays out his argument for why we should say “Shakespeare is for anyone who wants him” instead of “Shakespeare is for everyone.”





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The Wonder of WIll - An Expansive New Vision




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