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Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and Honor

Wed, November 7, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

Lecture will be held in Room 108.

Variations of the word “honor” appear more than nine hundred times in Shakespeare’s plays and poems, but honor was a complex concept during the period, related to fame, family, rank, and behavior. How does that concept translate to our modern world? Was honor different for men and women during Shakespeare’s day? Could someone from the lower classes even have honor? This lecture will examine the idea of honor in Shakespeare’s plays and consider how early modern honor might be presented in twenty-first century productions.

Lecturer: Jim Casey is an Associate Professor of English at Arcadia University in Philadelphia. He loves all things Shakespeare and all things geeky, especially those involving the fantastic. He has published critical work on fantasy, monstrosity, early modern poetry, medieval poetry, textual theory, performance theory, postmodern theory, adaptation theory, comics, anime, masculinity, grief, old age, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Battlestar Galactica. With Christy Desmet and Natalie Loper, he is the co-editor of Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare, a collection of essays on Shakespeare and adaptation. He will be teaching in Hungary on a Fulbright Grant during the spring and summer of 2019.

Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series is presented by The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia. (link to Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre:

Literature Department
Room 207

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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