Posts By: Shakespeare & Beyond

How Shakespeare describes post-traumatic stress disorder

Shakespeare’s plays are full of battles dominated by men, but one of his most compelling speeches about the life of a soldier comes from a woman: Lady Percy in Henry IV, Part 1, speaking to her husband, Hotspur.



Excerpt from Dunbar: Edward St. Aubyn retells King Lear

In “Dunbar,” a new novel by Edward St. Aubyn that retells the Shakespeare play “King Lear,” Henry Dunbar makes the mistake of handing over control of his global corporation to his eldest daughters, who bribe a doctor to declare him mentally unfit and send him to a care home in England.


Rome’s encounter with Egypt in Antony and Cleopatra

In this excerpt from “Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy,” Paul Cantor writes about the Romanization of Egypt and the Egyptization of Rome in “Antony and Cleopatra.”


Richard Burton, Shakespeare, and the search for the source of the Nile

When European explorers first began traveling into the interior of the African continent, they brought Shakespeare with them. This excerpt from Shakespeare in Swahililand, written by Edward Wilson-Lee, relates the expedition of Richard Francis Burton and his search for the source of the Nile.




Shakespeare, improvisation, and the art of rhetoric

Shakespeare characters like Viola and Iago are masters of improvisation, says Folger Director MIchael Witmore in this excerpt from the 2017 Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture.


Quiz: The songs in Shakespeare’s plays

Shakespeare’s plays are filled with music. Using some context clues, match these songs to the plays in which they appear.