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‘Seduction and Rape in Shakespeare’


Fri, February 14, 2014 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

The English playwright Lewis Theobald claimed in 1727 that his latest play, Double Falshood, was adapted from an earlier play by Shakespeare. The long-running critical debate about the truth of this claim has intensified recently, when in 2010 the editors of The Arden Shakespeare decided to include Double Falshood in its anthology. The editors believe that the play is an adaptation of Cardenio (a lost play attributed to Shakespeare), which bolsters the case for Shakespearean authorship.
Diana Solomon specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British theater, comedy, women writers, and print culture. Her book, Prologues and Epilogues to Restoration Theater: Gender and Comedy, Performance and Print, was published by Delaware in 2013. She has held fellowships at the Clark, Folger, Huntington, and Noel libraries, and spent two years as a Mellon fellow at Duke. Currently she is working on a book-length project about comedy in eighteenth-century theater.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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