how shifts in pronouns from “you” to “thou” can indicate an insult
how tropes, punning, and wordplay serve multiple functions
how the Oxford English Dictionary illuminates the connotations of key words like “honour,” “will,” “nature,” “art,” and “nothing”
Russ McDonald is Professor of English Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London, author of The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, and co-author of The Bedford Shakespeare. The winner of multiple awards for distinguished teaching, including North Carolina Professor of the Year, he helped to direct the NEH-sponsored Teaching Shakespeare Institute for secondary teachers at the Folger Library. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Mellon Foundation. In 2010 to 2011, he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America.