Why does the original pronunciation (OP) of Shakespeare's words matter? For one thing, two-thirds of Shakespeare's sonnets have rhymes that don't work in modern English.
I wanted my audience to identify with Shylock in a deeply personal way, so much so that they would involuntarily nod and think, “Yes, I understand, I have been there.”
Was Shakespeare gay? Stephen Greenblatt says that Shakespeare inhabited a world in which "it is much more possible to express homosexual passion and enact that passion without triggering a social crisis."
There's no such thing as universality in art, says Stephen Greenblatt. We always create and read from the perspective of our own time and place. What then accounts for the curious power some works have to...
In honor of the birthday (and death date, we think) of the greatest writer in the English language, today, April 23rd, is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. In cities from Chicago to London "all citizens are encouraged to...
Perhaps the government agency should take some advice from the Bard himself. "Brevity is the soul of wit," says Polonius, a longwinded fool who was unable to follow his own advice.
The Earl of Oxford rears his ugly head again in a major new Hollywood film that claims Shakespeare never wrote a single word.
Why do Shakespeare's plays have such a dramatic impact on readers and audiences? Philip Davis shows how Shakespeare's use of language creates heightened brain activity, or what he calls "a theater of the brain."
On the anniversary of William Shakespeare's death (and possibly his birthday too), Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley wrote this personal reflection for Big Think.
Shakespeare's Henry V is a play full of great motivational speeches and inspiring leadership. Based on actual historical events of the 15th century, the play centers around the climactic Battle of Agincourt, in...
While the British Navy may have secured military victory for the British Empire, Shakespeare's words secured the peace.
As the single most-quoted author in the English language, it should not be much of a surprise that Shakespeare is often misquoted.
Reporting from last weekend's Shakespeare Association of America conference in Bellevue, Washington, Bernadette Meyers brings us the top five ideas.
Last night three U.S. Supreme Court judges participated in the annual mock trial event in Washington D.C. Law professor Kenji Yoshino explains how these events use Shakespeare to teach us about justice.
Listening to Mozart does not improve your child's cognitive development. Reading Shakespeare will.
One of the most popular Shakespearean analogies presents George W. Bush as Henry V. But does it hold up?
Peter Diamandis has suggested we need to practice "planetary redundancy" and back up crucial information "off the planet." What achievements of mankind deserve a place on this digital Noah's Ark?
Computer software helps prove that Shakespeare was no different than the writers of today's crime scene dramas. He collaborated with other writers.
How does the greatest poet of the English language speak to our most pressing contemporary issues? A distinguished panel finds in Shakespeare some striking analogies to our expectations of Obama as a leader, the...
On each day of Shakespeare’s birth month, Big Think will examine a different way that studying Shakespeare enriches the various disciplines—from neuroscience to business to psychology and beyond.