Shakespeare Quarterly was founded in 1950 by the Shakespeare Association of America. Housed and published by the Folger Shakespeare Library since 1972 and in association with George Washington University, SQ is the world's foremost journal focusing on all aspects of Shakespeare studies. Older volumes can be found in JSTOR and volumes from 2001 to present can be found in Project Muse.
Despite the growth in the literary canon over the last few decades, Shakespeare remains at the center of English literary study. His works have been read, reread, used, and manipulated in a multitude of ways over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This class will approach the study of a selection of Shakespeare’s most popular works with attention to modern reception and adaptation. In particular, it will ask students to develop their verbal and written skills in communicating with the larger public about commonly held beliefs (and misconceptions) about Shakespeare's life and works. Traditional literary analysis, data-driven textual analysis (Digital Humanities methods), and textual criticism facilitated by facsimiles provided by the Early English Books Online and the British Library will be the means to exploring these Shakespearean controversies. Oscillating between context and reception, students will learn how Shakespeare’s writings fit within the larger social, political, and historical environment of England and how changing cultural values affect the texts that we examine, the questions we ask, and the very creation of meaning today.