Dr. Erin Weinberg

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If you’re here for Shakespeare, you’ve come to the right place! My name is Erin Weinberg: I study Shakespeare’s plays for a living, and I love it! In the past, the term “Bardolatry” has taken on negative resonances, of those who glorify Shakespeare to excess, without taking the time to find good reason for it. I want this blog to be a place where I take back what it means to be a Bardolator,[1] showing what a joy it can be to study Shakespeare’s works in depth.

I believe that Shakespeare’s writing can be accessed from any number of levels, from the most esoteric to popular culture, from dirty jokes to age-defying love poetry. I know that so many people were scared off of Shakespeare’s works upon a first encounter or two in high school, but I encourage you to try again! My goal is to establish an accessible guide to different areas of Shakespeare, in which I show what role they play in making Shakespeare “not of an age, but for all time“, to quiet the Bard’s contemporary, Ben Jonson. Whether it’s close-reading a passage to uncover its deeper resonances, or to review a recent film or stage performance, I want to show how Shakespeare’s works have endured, thriving through the centuries while taking on entirely new resonances. I hope you enjoy!

[1] nb- I am in no way affiliated with the Bardolator of Blogspot, circa 2008. All ideas that I share are my own!


11 responses to “Dr. Erin Weinberg

  1. We have produced a physical theatre performance inspired by Shakespear’s Sonnets, it would be great to have your feedback. Can I send you more information via email?

    • Hi there, fellow namesake! Definitely send me over some information – I’d love to take a look! All the best, Erin

      • I have files with background information etc but I cant attach them to the comments here, can you contract me directly (I think you have my email address from the form I filled in the comment?) Also if you are interested I can forward photos and video interviews with the actors…. Also if you have any questions for the director or actors please feel free to send them to me.

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  6. Hello Erin,

    I am hoping to interest you in my new book, just out this week, on Shakespeare and Cambridge an in particular the annual Shakespeare Festival – especially as you and this blog feature in it.

    For details see:


    I could not find a way to e-mail you directly, sorry, I hope this reaches you.

    My e-mail = csf@a-muir.co.uk

  7. Many thanks, hope to see you at the CSF!

  8. Hi Erin,
    I’m a writer and filmmaker currently working on an educational outreach program, Shakespeare for Bullies, for use in classrooms with my feature length documentary. You can read more about my project here: http://kck.st/1JB2NaY – I enjoyed your article on this topic. Would you be willing to share this link with you readers? I look forward to hearing from you.
    Cheryl Eagan-Donovan

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