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Interpretations of Shakespeare, or, What You Will

Spring 2016

Honnold/Mudd Library, 2nd Floor North Lobby


Interpretations of Shakespeare, or, What You Will was curated by three Pomona College students: Emma Fredgant (2017), an English major; Alana Friedman (2016), an English major; and Pieter Hoekstra (2017), a Religious Studies major. During Summer 2015, they were SURP/CCEPS Fellows in Pomona’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and the Library’s Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources. They also curated a companion exhibit at Denison Library, Interpretations of Shakespeare: Images of Women.


Materials in the exhibit have been selected from Special Collections at Honnold/Mudd and Denison libraries. Materials range from the early 1600s to present day and come from England, the United States, and France, and reflect the richness of the libraries’ collection, but they barely scratch the surface of available works on Shakespeare and his legacy.


If there is anything the students want to demonstrate through this exhibit, it is that Shakespeare is wide-reaching, Shakespeare is accessible, and Shakespeare is not set in stone. The breadth of Shakespeare inspired the inclusion of such varied materials as a King James Bible, an opera, and what is essentially Shakespeare fanfiction. The elements of accessibility and play are best exemplified in the case on Hamlet, which includes paper dolls, a toy theater, and a choose-your-own-adventure book. The King Lear case is centered on Nahum Tate’s drastic rewrite of the masterpiece that dominated theaters for more than a century.


As you examine this exhibit, consider the following: How does this exhibit work with or challenge your pre-conceived notions about Shakespeare? How do your own intellectual passions shape the way you interpret his work? What does the variety of the materials on display tell us about Shakespeare’s writing? Finally, what do the various interpretations on display say about us as directors, actors, readers, and audiences?


Download the exhibit brochure pdf.

For more information about the exhibit, phone 909-607-3977 or email spcoll@cuc.claremont.edu

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