Imagining Jews in Shakespeare's England

A lecture by James Shapiro of Columbia University.

Fri, September 28, 2012 | Harry Ransom Center Prothro Theatre

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Photo by Philippe Cheng, from
Photo by Philippe Cheng, from

This event is part of the Department of English's Actors from the London Stage residency. For more information, see the AFTLS residency schedule.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, James Shapiro studied at Columbia University and the University of Chicago. He is currently Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985.

He is the author of Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare (1991), Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play (2000), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), which was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction book published in Britain, and Contested Will (2010), which was awarded the Theater Library Association's George Freedley Memorial Award. 

His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bookforum, and the Financial Times. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and The New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

He serves on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library as well as the Advisory Council for the Authors Guild. He also works with a number of theater companies, including Theatre for a New Audience and the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

In 2011 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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