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A Conversation about Shakespeare and Freedom

Both Ewan Fernie and Paul Kottman have recently published books that address the expansive topics of Shakespeare and freedom: Ewan Fernie, Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter (Cambridge University Press, 2017); Paul Kottman, Love as Human Freedom (Stanford University Press, 2017). In addition to each author reviewing the other’s book in our Fall 2017 issue, Fernie and Kottman answered a...

WTF, Shakespeare

When his career appeared to have bottomed out in 2009, comedian Marc Maron turned in desperation to the medium of podcasting and created WTF with Marc Maron, a show that has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon with over six million downloads per month. Over the course of eight years and more than eight hundred episodes, Maron has interviewed fellow comedians,...

In Memoriam: Barbara A. Mowat

Barbara Adams Mowat (1934–2017) Dr. Barbara Mowat, our friend and colleague, coeditor of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions, consulting editor at Shakespeare Quarterly, former director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, former editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and former chair of the Folger Institute, passed away on November 24, 2017. She was 83. Barbara was a remarkable member of the Folger community...

About The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare

    One springboard for my recent book, The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare (which Ken Gross generously reviews in Shakespeare Quarterly 68.1), was what Randall McLeod has called a “Keatspearian” moment. On January 23rd, 1818, John Keats wrote to Benjamin Bailey that he “sat down to read King Lear . . . and felt the greatness of the thing...

Why Did They Both Die?

I was at a matinee performance of Hamlet at the Stratford Festival in May of 2016, looking down at the action from way up in the balcony, surrounded by Canadian High School students. Two young women in front of me spent the afternoon making out. But I’d heard the story was good, and I wanted to see how things would...