How Women Took Shakespeare Across America

HOW WOMEN TOOK SHAKESPEARE ACROSS AMERICA

How Women Took Shakespeare Across America

How Women Took Shakespeare Across America

FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Shakespeare and women have a long history together—from the first published critical response to Shakespeare by Margaret Cavendish in 1664; to the first known reading group, the Shakespeare Ladies Club in the early 1700s; to the Women’s Clubs that took Shakespeare across the entire country with the pioneers; to the preponderance of women at lectures about Shakespeare that inadvertently had a negative impact on Shakespeare in universities. Discover how integral woman have been in the history of Shakespeare.

Robin Williams, Ph.D., has a doctorate in the history and future of Shakespeare reading groups and editorial practices. She lives in Santa Fe.