Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere

Shakespeare's Here and Everywhere

September 3, 2016 through February 26, 2017

Central Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes
In an extravagant and wheeling stranger
Of here and everywhere.

– Roderigo to Brabantio in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1.1.136-138)

William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Europe, Asia and Africa, from classical times to the Renaissance. How did he and other authors, mapmakers and readers of his day imagine foreign and often exotic settings, the “other” as well as the familiar? What roles do place, identity and travel play in his comedies, tragedies and histories? Explore these questions and more through maps, atlases and illustrations of Shakespeare’s time and beyond, and armchair travel with the Bard to “here, and everywhere.”


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Exhibition Credits



Interactive Maps of Settings of Shakespeare’s Plays


All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library