Remembering Shakespeare is a fun online exhibition brought to us by Yale University. (Look at it here.) The curators are David Scott Kastan, a professor of English at the university, and Kathryn James, who serves as Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. What a mouthful, right?
There are some lovely images here of old folios and other manuscripts. Granted, if you’re not a historian, Shakespeare fan, an English Lit nerd, or The New York Times, this might not hold much appeal for you. That’s okay. For me, though, I love learning about an imagined conversation between the Bard and Charles Dickens in the late 19th Century. And am I more thrilled than perhaps I should be to see a 1949 syllabus for a Yale Shakespeare course? Yes. But that’s the way I am. I’ve learned to accept it.