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'Shakespeare and Othello'

Douglas Bruster (English)

Fri, November 1, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:30 PM - 4:45 PM

 What difference does it make when a play was written? This talk, associated with the performance of Othello by the Actors From The London Stage, will focus on matters of timing in and around Shakespeare's great tragedy. In addition to its odd ‘double time’ scheme—by which there appears to be two clocks working in the play—Othello sits uneasily in its Oxford dating of 1603-1604. Close analysis of the text suggests a different position in the canon, and therefore a different story of Shakespeare's career.
            Douglas Bruster is a Shakespeare scholar.  His research focuses on Shakespeare but with an emphasis as well on modern playwrights such as David Mamet and David Hare.  His books on Shakespeare and early modern drama include Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare, and Shakespeare and the Question of Culture, and Shakespeare and the Power of Performance.  He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Paris.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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