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   Shakespeare Birthday Lectures on "The Taming of the Shrew"

   Date : Friday, 24 April 2009       From : 2:00pm   To : 5:00pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : Blount/Buckman Lobby

   Event Description :

In celebration of William Shakespeare's presumed birthday (April 23), Rhodes will host lectures by Dr. Dympna Callaghan of Syracuse University and Dr. Leah Marcus of Vanderbilt University on Friday, April 24. Both esteemed Shakespeare scholars, they will discuss the challenges of editing and interpreting "The Taming of the Shrew" and related plays. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 2 p.m. in Blount Auditorium and coincides with the McCoy Theatre's production of "The Taming of the Shrew."

Callaghan holds the Dean's Chair in the Humanities at Syracuse University. She is the editor of the forthcoming critical edition of The Taming of the Shrew, as well as a previous critical edition of Romeo and Juliet. She has edited or co-edited four influential anthologies exploring the impact of feminism in English Renaissance Studies. Her own monographs include a recent study of Shakespeare's Sonnets; Shakespeare Without Women; and Women and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy.

Marcus is the Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and is author of four critical studies--Childhood and Cultural Despair; The Politics of Mirth; Puzzling Shakespeare; and Unediting the Renaissance. Like Callaghan, Marcus is also an experienced editor, having produced a critical edition of The Merchant of Venice and co-edited the collected works of Queen Elizabeth I. Her articles have appeared in journals such as English Literary History, English Literary Renaissance, and Shakespeare Quarterly.

These lectures are sponsored by the Shakespeare Bequest of Dr. Iris Pearce, as administered by the Rhodes College Department of English, with further support of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Newstok at 901-843-3135 or

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