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New York Harper Lecture with Richard A. Strier: Shrews and Jews: Shakespeare's Prejudices
Was Shakespeare misogynist or anti-Semitic? Richard A. Strier presents an argument that maybe there is more in his plays than a first reading might suggest.

Cost: $20 General Admission
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Although both The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice have both been regularly and successfully produced since the 18th century, they are both plays to which many people have strong negative reactions: feminists--and women in general--to Taming, and Jews and others to Merchant. Strier's presentation is not intended to make such reactions impossible or even inappropriate; instead his talk will seek to mitigate such reactions through a combination of close attention to the texts and the introduction of some historical and cultural context.

Richard A. Strier was educated at the City College of New York and Harvard. He is the Frank L. Sulzberger distinguished service professor in the English Department, the Divinity School, and the College of the University of Chicago, where he has been teaching since 1973. He is the author of Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert's Poetry (1983); Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism, and Renaissance Texts (1996); and most recently The Unrepentant Renaissance from Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton (2012), which won the 2012 Warren-Brooks Prize for Literary Criticism. He has coedited a number of interdisciplinary collections (with historians and others) and published essays on Shakespeare, Donne, Luther, Montaigne, Milton, and 20th-century poetry and critical theory.
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Wednesday, Oct 2 2013 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017