Pandemic Shakespeare invites readers to process their experiences of pandemics using collaborative digital annotations of Shakespeare. We are less interested in finding the “best” formal annotations than we are in creating a safe, inclusive space for the individual experiences of the COVID-19. Therefore, we request you to not limit your annotation to the literal interpretation of the text because we recognize that when reckoning with “pandemics,”: racism, misogyny, misinformation, police brutality, healthcare discrimination, systemic inequality, and the oppression, silencing, and exclusion of non-normative identities are all “viruses” in their own right.
This website aims to foster global interconnectivity not only around larger themes of illness, isolation, social crisis, and inequality, but also shared pleasure, joy, and humor during frightful and unstable times using Shakespeare's plays, and explore through its users annotations:
1. Does Shakespeare provide a common ground for people around the world to process and make sense of their experiences of pandemics?
2. How are conversations in and about Shakespeare mediated by experiences of race, religion, class, and gender?
3. How does annotation render Shakespeare’s texts dynamic, flexible, and personal?
4. Why is it important to collect and share individual voices grappling with pandemics through Shakespearean art?
While we value curiosity and engagement with Shakespeare on multiple levels, we recognize your privacy concerns too. We are not collecting any identifying data aside from your public-facing username, institutional affiliation (if you’re a student at one of our collaborator universities), and geographic location on this website. The data collected as part of this project is placed under the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/), and you can find more information on our privacy and copyrights policy here.
We are excited to have you on this website because ‘tis going to be a few weeks of academic revelry! So sweets to the sweet, enjoy your wordy treat!