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Shakespeare's First Folio: Shakespeare and Women

Provides resources and information relevant to the traveling exhibit, "First Folio! the book that gave us SHAKESPEARE," from the Folger Shakespeare Library in association with the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center.

March 2016

Sign for Shakespeare and Women Alphonse Mucha Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet

                        
Selectors: Judith Arnold & Cindy Krolikowski


March is Women's History Month, and it is the time when the Wayne State University Library System, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Detroit Public Library (DPL), is hosting the traveling exhibit, "First Folio! the book that gave us SHAKESPEARE," from the Folger Shakespeare Library. In honor of these two events, the Subject of the Month display for March 2016 is combining a celebration of women with a focus on Shakespeare. The display in Purdy-Kresge Library features books about Shakespeare's women characters, women who portray Shakespeare's characters on the stage, gender in Shakespeare's plays, and visual images of Shakespeare's women.

Shakespeare's Heroines: Ophelia


From Heath, Charles. The Shakespeare Gallery: Containing the Principal Female Characters in the Plays of the Great Poet. London: C. Tilt, 1840. Print. Image scanned and digitized by WSULS Digital Publishing.

Ophelia

There’s Rosemary, that’s for Remembraunce.
Pray loue remember: and there is Paconcies, that’s for
Thoughts.

Hamlet, Act IV  [First Folio (1623) text]

Shakespeare's Heroines: Juliet

From Heath, Charles. The Shakespeare Gallery: Containing the Principal Female Characters in the Plays of the Great Poet. London: C. Tilt, 1840. Print. Image scanned and digitized by WSULS Digital Publishing.

Juliet

O sweare not by the Moone, th’inconstant Moone,
That monethly changes in her circled Orbe,
Least that thy Loue proue likewise variable.

Romeo and Juliet, Act II [First Folio (1623) text]

Shakespeare's Heroines: Lady Macbeth


From Heath, Charles. The Shakespeare Gallery: Containing the Principal Female Characters in the Plays of the Great Poet. London: C. Tilt, 1840. Print. Image scanned and digitized by WSULS Digital Publishing.

Lady Macbeth

Heere’s the smell of the blood still: all the per-
fumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand…

Macbeth, Act V, Scene 1 [First Folio (1623) text]

Books from the Catalog

Electronic Journals (March 2016)

  

Databases (March 2016)

Websites (March 2016)

Videos (March 2016)

These videos feature an age range of actors reading Shakespeare. The first two are from a series published in The Guardian Culture Channel on YouTube in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The third video is from The Sonnet Project New York.