What has changed in 450 years of performing, reading, writing Shakespeare? The history of women interacting with Shakespeare’s plays is also the history of women’s rights, suffrage, and of the feminist movement. It is a history of women being silenced and of finding ways to speak out anyway. Shakespeare has been, and is, an uneasy ally in this history. He complicates but also enriches our idea of what a woman is. Too often we are still Katherinas, forced to compromise our dignity in order to retain our voice, or else our insistence on speaking is blamed for our tragedies, like Juliet. But the reason why we still read Shakespeare’s women, is that they are women. Goneril, Juliet, and Katherina are finally not ciphers. Whatever else they may be, they are true women, and they have true voices.

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Shakespeare’s 450th birthday party:  Ask us Anything!
Adam Hooks, assistant professor of English at here at the University of Iowa, and Colleen Theisen, Special Collections Outreach and Instruction Librarian will be online live from 1pm-3pm [Central time] on Monday April 21st, during the week of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
Now is your chance to ask Professor Hooks your burning questions about Shakespeare or being a Shakespeare scholar!  Also on hand will be historic, unusual, beautiful, and forged editions of Shakespeare’s works from Special Collections!
Type your questions now or live on Monday!  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVceEwlIFJs&feature=share

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK, WILLIAM!

uispeccoll:

Shakespeare’s 450th birthday party:  Ask us Anything!

Adam Hooks, assistant professor of English at here at the University of Iowa, and Colleen Theisen, Special Collections Outreach and Instruction Librarian will be online live from 1pm-3pm [Central time] on Monday April 21st, during the week of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

Now is your chance to ask Professor Hooks your burning questions about Shakespeare or being a Shakespeare scholar!  Also on hand will be historic, unusual, beautiful, and forged editions of Shakespeare’s works from Special Collections!

Type your questions now or live on Monday!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVceEwlIFJs&feature=share

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK, WILLIAM!