A military guard of honour wear face masks against the spread of the coronavirus by the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb in Warsaw, Poland.
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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.
Waxwork of Shakespeare by Madame Tussauds in Berlin.
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New technology is helping archaeologists uncover details of the playwright's home, workplaces and his final resting place.
Martin’s Droeshout portrait of William Shakespeare (1623)
Bodleian Library, Oxford.
The Bard's plays have an unfair reputation for being hard. You're probably reading them in the wrong way.
Engraving from ‘The Fearefull Summer,’ a treatise published after the plague of 1625 and reprinted again in 1636, by John Taylor.
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Plague ravaged England repeatedly during Shakespeare's lifetime. The playwright translated the experience of sickness and restoration in many ways on the stage.
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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.
A modern Christmas Carol.
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We have an innate desire to be reminded of darkness and mortality during the festive season.
Teachers often assign older books.
Stories like 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Jane Eyre' are still relevant today.
Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ contains timeless themes around resistance and colonialism. Here in an engraving by Benjamin Smith based on a painting by George Romney of Act I, Scene 1 of ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare.
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Actors and theatre scholars seek to understand how 'The Tempest' could have been used by both European colonialists and also by advocates of resistance.
Macbeth’s Scottish heaths may seem a long way from tropical Queensland, but there are points of connection.
Seeking ways to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play in far north Queensland, highlights disjunctions and surprising correlations between play and place.
Children watch a performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe.
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Study uncovers what inner-city teenagers really thing about Hamlet et al.
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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.
Transversal Theater Company production of Titus Andronicus, 2012.
Even Samuel Johnson found some of Shakespeare's violent scenes unwatchable.
Jules Salles-Wagner’s 1898 painting ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
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?
Shakespeare can survive a little chipping away at his 400-year reputation.
Many of Shakespeare’s plays addressed queer themes.
We will never know whether or not Shakespeare was queer, but we do know his plays often tackled themes of sexuality in queer ways. Will this summer's productions honour those original ideas?
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Car parks seem to be intersecting with English history quite a bit lately.
Francesco Francia, Madonna and Saints (detail).
How would a Jacobean servant react to a trumpet flourish?
Songwriters such as Nick Cave (pictured) and the late Yolngu star Gurrumul have often drawn on the scriptures in their work.
In less than two generations, the proportion of Australians who never pick up a Bible has leapt to seven out of ten. But a robust biblical literacy can help us decode creative works and understand the past.
Anne-MarieDuff and Rory Kinnear as the Macbeths.
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Brilliant performances from the two central characters are undermined by a confused production.
The Great War uses scale models to depict catastrophe through a keyhole.
The Great War uses scale models to give a worm's eye view of titanic violence. In Kings of War, by contrast, lethal events are viewed from the unsteady perspective of leaders.