Shakespeare for Fun and Profit

Part of: In Pursuit of Knowledge - Fall

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We’re now accustomed to seeing Shakespeare’s plays featured on high school reading lists and as part of university course offerings. While works by Shakespeare are now categorized as literature, the playwright and his peers might be surprised by the ways people imagine they crafted their plays. This talk will point out that English Renaissance dramatists (including Shakespeare) necessarily sought to write plays and help develop performances that crowds would enjoy (and pay to see). Referencing examples including Hamlet, Henry V, and Taming of the Shrew, Dr. Erin E. Kelly will suggest how some terrific plays developed because—not in spite of the fact that—they were popular culture.

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