Starting about a hundred years after his death, a small but growing industry began of making collectible items related to Shakespeare. Professor Kim Keeline will trace the history of these Shakespeariana and how it shows not only the popularity of William Shakespeare and his plays but also how he’s come to stand in as a marker for literature, education, theatre, lowbrow/high brow culture, and literacy. The Shakespeare industry is so huge now that there is quite a bit at stake over the “Authorship Question” of whether the man actually wrote his plays.  Take a look at the sublime, the weird and wacky, and the things you could have in your home today (some of which I, in fact, do own) with this survey of Shakespeariana—which covers books, statues, artwork, bandaids, bubble gum, and so much more.