Coronation Street of the soul. Terence Hawkes on how our modern cult of celebrity blights the Shakespeare industry
07 April 2003
There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face, says King Duncan. As Macbeth's first victim, you could say...
There's no escaping the Warwickshire Lad. There's the T-shirt, the beer, the cigar - Shakespeare is everywhere. Terence Hawkes on the enduring cult of the Superbard
14 October 2002
The bullet and the bayonet have traditionally been the most effective bearers of English-speaking culture, and their...
12 June 2000
When Ben Jonson writes "Language most shewes a man, speake that I may see thee", his robust challenge makes best sense...
A monument to flatulence. Shakespeare's plays embody a pre-modern notion of art; they cannot be reduced to the status of Bridget Jones. Terence Hawkes explains how not to read the Bard
06 December 1999
Biography is the novel's last resort. Fiction's strictest rules apply. Beginnings have to be aligned with endings,...
Shakespeare in Bloom. When we talk about Hamlet we are talking about ourselves, says the Falstaff of Anglo-American letters. This, says his fiercest critic, is exactly how not to discuss the Bard
12 March 1999
Shakespeare's characters "develop". They "reconceive" themselves. They even overhear themselves talking to themselves...