Shakespeare understood that our fate depends on fostering the humility and empathy that dethrones money and transforms it into something we use to advance the common good.
The role of witches in society relates directly to the role of women in society. And during times of social upheaval and changes, witches represent access to women's power.
Rolling Stone gave this modern adaptation of Twelfth Night one star – but She's The Man is actually an intelligent and nuanced look at the performance of gender.
You might think he's the hero of his own story but the murder happy Hamlet is really an unconscionable brute.
A classics scholar and poet turns to Greek mythology, especially the story of Oedipus the King, to explain the drama -- or perhaps tragedy -- that is taking place in the highest office in the land.
Puritans were often depicted as fools until they had a shot at government, and then the humour got darker.
From 'islands of pain' to the 'peril of exposure,' writers have captured the fear, emptiness and despair that characterize life during the current pandemic, writes a poet and English scholar.
From cholera outbreaks to public health actions, war metaphors have long been used to describe diseases, to show what we fear and to explain our world to ourselves.
New technology is helping archaeologists uncover details of the playwright's home, workplaces and his final resting place.
The Bard's plays have an unfair reputation for being hard. You're probably reading them in the wrong way.
Plague ravaged England repeatedly during Shakespeare's lifetime. The playwright translated the experience of sickness and restoration in many ways on the stage.
The life and work of seminal South African writer, intellectual and politician Sol Plaatje seems more relevant than ever. We look into some of the latest scholarly inquiry.
We have an innate desire to be reminded of darkness and mortality during the festive season.
Stories like 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Jane Eyre' are still relevant today.
Actors and theatre scholars seek to understand how 'The Tempest' could have been used by both European colonialists and also by advocates of resistance.
Seeking ways to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play in far north Queensland, highlights disjunctions and surprising correlations between play and place.
Study uncovers what inner-city teenagers really thing about Hamlet et al.
Shakespeare’s first reputation was as a poet, and particularly as a sex poet. He would later incorporate his bawdy inclinations into his most famous plays.
Even Samuel Johnson found some of Shakespeare's violent scenes unwatchable.
We talk excitedly about meeting someone with whom we 'click' or 'really hit it off.' So why do so many of us hesitate to call it love?