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Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, 'Love in a Time of Terror: King Lear and the Potential for Consolation'

Fri, September 25, 2009 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

3:00 PM

King Lear is a huge play and a painful one.  It asks us to think hard about how we treat our parents and how we wish to be treated as we grow old.  In certain periods the world seems violently chaotic, and at the same time parents and children feel out of touch.  These two fears combined in Shakespeare's day and perhaps also come together in ours.  Whenever King Lear is popular, as it is today, it speaks to us about terror and about whether our families can ease our anxieties.  Almost four hundred years later, the play remains unforgettable and therapeutic for all generations.

A Junior Fellow in British Studies, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza is also Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of English and Director of the Program in Comparative Literature.  She holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, Oxford University, and Columbia University.  She writes on Orientalism, Cleopatra, Oscar Wilde, Renaissance drama, the Gothic, and literary theory, and she works actively in eight languages.  She has won most of U.T.'s major teaching prizes and recently received the new Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

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