Shakespeare is the great Humanist. His characters are rich, nuanced, complex, and fully human, encountering the full range of life’s sufferings and triumphs on the continuum from moral collapse to heroic action. His portrayal of gender is particularly unexpected, even subversive to simplistic understandings of masculinity and femininity in his time and ours. From courtship to cross-dressing, Shakespeare’s men and women defy easy gender categories. But Shakespeare was neither a modern nor an activist, so what was he up to? In this webinar, Heidi White explores Shakespeare’s gender-bending genius from within the context of the late medieval world, offering historical and literary keys for understanding Shakespeare’s men and women on his terms.