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Shakespeare in the World: Shakespeare’s Wonder Women
Wed, November 20, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Literature Department at
Parkway Central Library
Lecture is in Room 406.
In his first letter from the New World in 1493, Christopher Columbus described the women of the island Matremonio as Amazons from classical myth. By Shakespeare’s time, these women-warriors had become regular characters in both fiction and non-fiction texts, and Queen Elizabeth was sometimes associated with the Amazon queen Penthesilea. In Shakespeare’s work, Amazons appear in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Two Noble Kinsmen (based on Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale and co-written with John Fletcher), but what qualities made a woman an Amazon? What do these warriors look like? How “Amazonian” are Shakespeare’s Amazons? By considering these two plays, we will examine what it means to be an Amazon in the plays of Shakespeare.
Lecturer: 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. Please register: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1016469