The Folger Shakespeare Library, which houses the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials as well as major collections of rare renaissance books, is premiering a podcast this week with Lisa Merrill, PhD, professor of rhetoric at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. The latest in the library’s “Shakespeare Unlimited” series, Dr. Merrill’s podcast highlights her research on the personal and professional life of famed 19th century Shakespearean performer Charlotte Cushman, the focus of her award-winning biography, When Romeo Was a Woman.
“I’m so honored to have my research and publications selected for an entire episode of the podcast series by the preeminent Shakespeare Library,” said Dr. Merrill.
The podcast also draws on Dr. Merrill’s other work on Cushman, which includes lectures at Harvard University and the Chicago History Museum, and a 50-page chapter in the 2011 book, Great Shakespeareans, Vol. VII: Jameson, Clark, Kemble and Cushman. She is currently working on a long-term book project, a collection of Cushman’s letters, for the University of Michigan Press.
Listen to the podcast: