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Zachary Lesser. “Hamlet” after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text

Zachary Lesser. “Hamlet” after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.292 p., 27 ill. ISBN 9780812246612. US $59.95 / GBP £52.00 (hardcover).

Zachary Lesser begins Hamlet” after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text with an account of Sir Henry Bunbury’s discovery of the volume containing the infamous “bad quarto” of Hamlet to introduce a story Lesser tells the reader will deal with “loss, destruction, and reconstruction” (1). Lesser explores the rather strange and indeed uncanny history of Q1 and its troubled relationship with the Q2 and 1623 Folio versions of the play.

First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

Location: nationwide

January 6 2016-January 8 2017

First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare is a small traveling exhibition that is making its way around the United States as a part of the global celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The exhibition was created by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and will conclude Nashville on 8 January. This review is of the showing at the Michael Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bart van Es. Shakespeare in Company.

Bart van Es. Shakespeare in Company. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. xiv, 370p., ill. ISBN 9780199569311. $45.95 (hardcover).

Bart van Es’s Shakespeare in Company is an ambitious study that innovatively combines literary analysis of Shakespeare’s plays over the span of his career with intricate theatrical history. Van Es maintains that Shakespeare’s “decision to become a stakeholder in the theatre industry transformed and would continue to affect the way that he wrote his plays” (3). 

Shakespeare: Metamorphosis

Shakespeare: Metamorphosis

Senate House Library, University of London

4 April-17 September 2016

Shakespeare: Metamorphosis at the Senate House Library of the University of London provides visitors with an engaging view of the influences, texts, critics and reception of the playwright’s work over four centuries. As one of the several and elegantly designed printed resources for the exhibition explain: ‘‘The ‘Seven Ages of Man’ soliloquy from As You Like It, … explores the metamorphosis of Shakespearean text and scholarship’’ through the resources of the library. While the exhibition closed in mid-September, many aspects of the exhibition remain to be explored online.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

The British Library

15 April–6 September 2016

Shakespeare in Ten Acts, a superb and expansive exhibition at the British Library, offers a view into ten productions of Shakespeare that changed Shakespeare forever. Arranged chronologically, but offering pathways throughout to earlier and later centuries, ten displays both tap into traditional expectations and satisfy new curiosities. Coming from a variety of repositories, the materials range from the First Folio to a video clip of the Wooster Group’s digital-age Hamlet, delving all the while into topics including stage technology, globalism, gender, race, textual authenticity, and stage aesthetics.

‘So long lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016.

‘So long lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

25 January–28 May 2016.

In answer to America’s “First Folio!” project, which will see copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio on display in museums, universities, public libraries, and at historical sites across the country, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive Rare Book Library, the Thomas Fisher Library of University of Toronto, has assembled the most ambitious display of Shakespeare-related books in Canada, an exhibition complemented by a glorious full-colour catalogue, sized to match the Fisher’s extra-tall First Folio.

Christopher N. Warren, Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

Christopher N. Warren. Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. viii, 286p., ill. ISBN 9780198719342. US $99.00 (hardcover).

As Christopher Warren amply demonstrates in his new book, “early modern poetics remains present in the modern structures of international law” (229). Reading literary works by Sidney, Shakespeare, Milton and others alongside international law classics by Grotius, Gentili, Hobbes and Selden allows him to trace Renaissance debates about colonialism, diplomatic immunity, sovereignty and human rights across generic boundaries.