The William Shakespeare's jubilee year raises numerous questions about the place of the Great Bard in history and modernity. His body of works is usually regarded as belonging to the “elite”, “egghead” cultural niche. This would probably come as a surprise for Shakespeare himself since he hardly ever avoided the mass culture of his age; to the opposite, his plays were meant to please the tastes of nobility and commoners alike. As it is with any truly great phenomenon, Shakespeare's legacy admits no borders and imbues all layers of society.
Within the framework of Shakespeare at Emory series, this exhibition demonstrates the ways Shakespeare and his characters exist and function in common, everyday environment. Artifacts from the collections of Emory English professors Sheila Cavanagh and Harry Rusche (emeritus) enclose costumed dolls, cards, a bathduck, comic books, and other evidence of this relationship, mostly in a shape of a parody. This is the way of bridging two worlds the Great Bard would perhaps appreciate.