Surveying Shakespeare: Medicine and Magic

Surveying Shakespeare: Medicine and Magic focuses on issues of medical practice and occult knowledge as they appear in Shakespeare’s works. From Ophelia’s and Oberon’s flowers and herbs to women’s agency and the early modern period’s dependence on natural resources, these exhibits complicate our contemporary view of Renaissance medical practice.

Surveying Shakespeare, with support from the Department of English and the Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a series of exhibits that represent the work of nine undergraduate students enrolled in “Shakespeare for Non-Majors” during the fall 2015 semester. Committed to historical and literary storytelling, this series demonstrates these students respect for the past and the archives and historians that protect it.