Shapeshifting Shakespeare

by

Shakespeare fans were a tizzy last month with the unveiling of what is believed to be a newly confirmed portrait of the bard. Rosey-cheeked and dressed in couture, this image of him has people speculating about his mysterious biography.

"New" portrait

New portrait


Well known engraving by Martin Droeshout

Well known engraving by Martin Droeshout

As shifting as his personal legend is, so are his plays. Things that in high school English class I thought were unchanged since being captured from Shakespeare’s quill were actually cobbled together from different versions, and no ur-tome exists. To explore this, I’ll be examining the textual evolution of “Hamlet” on Wednesday.

Here’s one article on the battle between editions of the play.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: