“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em,” states Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and one is inclined to use the same words in describing one of the most influential and creative dramatists, William Shakespeare, himself. We keep returning to Shakespeare not only because of the 38 plays he penned, but also because of his unique, unmatched way with words which to this day resonates with critics and audiences alike. This year, 2014, marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and this issue if Gender Forum will focus on how gender is addressed in works of Shakespeare in honor of this event.

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Shakespeare, Gender and Sexuality