Revisiting Ophelia: An Exercise in Self-Discovery

Like most, I first “found” Shakespeare in high school. While I enjoyed Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade (and detested Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the tragedy), I truly became enthralled with all things Bard of Avon in college, especially through the guidance of a professor who shaped my initial passion for the playwright and enkindled my confidence in a discipline that can feel intimidating and difficult to approach. This zestful appetite for Shakespeare only grew stronger with each passing year of college and into graduate school part 1, which was, of course, followed by…