James Shapiro talks to the spiked review about what history can and can’t tell us about Shakespeare’s continued resonance.
In Shakespeare’s most famous character, Hegel saw a tragic disgust with existence.
Edward Wilson-Lee talks to Tim Black about Shakespeare’s East African journey, from colonial talisman to inspiration to independence leaders.
It took the likes of Herder and Schlegel to grasp the brilliance of Shakespeare’s tragic vision.
Must-reads from the past week
Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Café is an inspiring portrait of thinkers for whom the personal is philosophical.
For the likes of Flaubert and Baudelaire, evading the censors was a very serious game.
Cervantes’ classic was the first postmodern novel. Pity it wasn't the last too.
Read Tom Slater’s manifesto for free speech on campus, from his new book.
In Thomas Paine, the radical Enlightenment belief that all social and political ills were remediable found its most passionate champion.