Explore the works of Shakespeare and Renaissance writers in relation to the social, political and cultural context in which they were written, and in which they have been interpreted over the last four centuries.
Ben Jonson went from a classically educated schoolboy to an apprentice bricklayer and solider, before becoming one of the 17th-century's most eminent playwrights and poets. Andrew Dickson recounts Jonson's eventful life, and how his success was often marred by a difficult relationship with alcohol, with fellow playwrights and actors, and with theatre itself.Read More
The character of Ophelia has fascinated directors, actresses, writers and painters since she first appeared on stage. Here Elaine Showalter discusses Ophelia's madness as a particularly female malady, showing how from Shakespeare's day to our own Ophelia has been used both to reflect and to challenge evolving ideas about female psychology and sexuality.Read More
Andrew Dickson looks at the infamous mysteries and controversies surrounding Christopher Marlowe's life, and celebrates the ambition, daring and skill of his work.Read More
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John Donne is most famous now for his witty and complex love poems, but he also produced satires, occasional poems, ...
Romeo and Juliet begins with a Chorus setting the scene in the Italian city of Verona, where the Capulets and the ...
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