Wed, March 25, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library
Lecture will be in room 406.
There is an Internet meme that suggests that Romeo and Juliet is not a love story but rather a brief relationship between two teenagers that causes multiple deaths. But do the lovers cause the deaths or are they themselves the victims of the polarized environment they grow up in? By tracing the literary genealogy of the star-crossed lovers, this lecture will discuss the place of Shakespeare’s lovers in romantic history, in the play itself, and in their divided community.
Jim Casey is an Associate Professor of English at Arcadia University in Philadelphia and a recent Fulbright Scholar at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. He loves all things Shakespeare and all things geeky, especially those involving the fantastic. He has published essays on fantasy, monstrosity, medieval and early modern poetry, critical theory, comics, anime, masculinity, grief, old age, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Battlestar Galactica. He is the editor of the New Kittredge Shakespeare edition of Shakespeare and Fletcher’s The Two Noble Kinsmen and, with Christy Desmet and Natalie Loper; he is the co-editor of Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare, a collection of essays on Shakespeare and adaptation.
Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series is presented by The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia. Free admission.