Department of English

"Sexual and Social Mobility in The Duchess of Malfi"

Thu, February 7, 2013 | Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Free and open to the public.  A talk by Frank Whigham, "Sexual and Social Mobility in The Duchess of Malfi" Thursday 7 February 2013 from 7-9 pm in the Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007).

About the Event

Kicking off the ASC residency, the Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in the Plan II Honors Program, the English Department and Shakespeare at Winedale will be presenting a special lecture on The Duchess of Malfi.

The Duchess of Malfi is considered by many to be the greatest Renaissance tragedy not written by Shakespeare. For those interested in learning more about the play, English Professor Frank Whigham will be giving a free lecture in the Joynes Reading Room in the Honors quad on UT campus on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 pm.

Professor Whigham is one of the world's experts on the play. His article "Sexual and Social Mobility in The Duchess of Malfi," originally published in PMLA and reprinted multiple times, is one of the most important works of recent criticism on the play, which is also discussed in his book, Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He will introduce some of the play's key ideas and answer questions from the audience.

About Frank Whigham

Frank Whigham's work focuses on early modern British literature and culture. He is one of the original group of California theorists who came to be known as the New Historicists, and his essays have appeared in many journals and collections, includingPMLA, ELH, NLH, and Renaissance Drama. His work is known for combining anthropological and historical approaches to subjects as varied as Webster's Duchess of Malfi and the rhetoric of early modern English letters of recommendation. He has just completed a new scholarly edition of George Puttenham's The Art of English Poesy, co-edited with Wayne Rebhorn. He is also the founding supervisor of the Digital Archive Services database of images, which supports the teaching of British and American literature. He is now serving as the founding co-director of the Texas Institute for Textual and Literary Studies.

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