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The Internet is Freaking Out About Ira Glass Saying Shakespeare Sucks

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Last night <i>This American Life</i> host Ira Glass, who has just recently been getting the hang of Twitter, …

RSC to translate Shakespeare for Chinese audiences

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to translate the entire works of the Bard into Mandarin as part of efforts to foster greater cultural ties with China.<p>Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced funding of £1.5m to pay for the project, which will also cover the translation of up to 14 important …

If William Shakespeare Had Written Star Wars

Though <b>William Shakespeare</b> regularly dominates surveys of the greatest literature of all time, he remains a surprisingly controversial figure of literary history — while some believe The Bard profoundly changed modern life, others question whether he wrote anything at all. Doubts of authorship …

What a piece of work is a (wo)man: the perils of gender-crossed Shakespeare

There’s an intriguing moment in Antony and Cleopatra when we catch Shakespeare chafing against the casting practices of his day. Writing a play that features one of the greatest beauties in history – but knowing that she must be played on stage by a young male – the dramatist has this …

Astronomy and the Art of Verse: How Galileo Influenced Shakespeare

William Shakespeare — to the extent that he existed at all — lived during a remarkable period in human history. Born the same year as Galileo, a founding father of the Scientific Revolution, and shortly before Montaigne, the Bard witnessed an unprecedented intersection of science and philosophy as …