Thursday, March 2, 2023

Shakespeare Plus: Searching for Shakespeare, artificial intelligence, Ophelia's fate, and more



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Shakespeare Plus


Man who looks like William Shakespeare using a laptop

Artificial intelligence goes to English class

Our guests on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast talk through the challenges and opportunities that AI tools like ChatGPT present when it comes to teaching Shakespeare.


Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker in Elvis movie

Proving a villain: Problematic Shakespearean mentors

Austin Tichenor writes about the problematic protagonists of the Oscar-nominated films Elvis and Tár, who evoke Shakespeare's Richard III as they try to control their narratives.




two children looking at a First Folio in a glass exhibition case


Searching for Shakespeare: Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare’s First Folio

This April the Folger is celebrating Shakespeare—and the 400th anniversary of the printing of the First Folio—in partnership with DC Public Library (DCPL).

The month-long, citywide festival includes an exhibition, a world-premiere play, a scavenger hunt, Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture, family programs, workshops, and more at DCPL locations in all eight wards of Washington, DC.

All events are free. Registration opens to the public Friday at noon ET. Folger members can contact the box office at (202) 544-7077 or to access early registration.




The First Folio open to the title page

A First Folio playlist

As we prepare to celebrate the First Folio's 400th anniversary, catch up on these podcast episodes about the book that gave us Shakespeare.


sepia print of Ophelia drowning in a pool

Ophelia's fate

Should Ophelia die in the 21st-century screen and stage adaptations of Hamlet? Folger Fellow Injela Zaini challenges the standard portrayal.


Charlotte Cushman

Lady Romeo

For Women's History Month, revisit this podcast episode about Charlotte Cushman, one of the most famous American actors of the mid-19th century.





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Instagram post with illustrations by Louis Rhead for an edition of Mary and Charles Lamb's "Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare"




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Image Credits: DALL-E-generated image responding to the prompt “An 1800 pixel by 600 pixel illustration of William Shakespeare working on a laptop with the OpenAI logo on Venus.” | Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker in Elvis, a 2022 film. Exhibition photo by Stacy Keck | First Folio photo by Lloyd Wolf