The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0807 Thursday, 14 March 2002
Date: Thursday, 14 Mar 2002 09:38:25 -0500
Subject: ANNC: Duncan-Jones to Lecture at Folger
The Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture will be presented by Katherine
Duncan-Jones, Faculty of English Language and Literature, Oxford
University, on Tuesday, 9 April 2002, at 8:00 p.m. in the Folger
Shakespeare Library's Elizabethan Theatre.
"Love and Death in Shakespeare's Poetry"
Can loving words preserve living bodies, or only embalm dead ones? This
issue is confronted in all of Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry. Words
by the goddess Venus, who incautiously prophesies that he will die if he
meets "the boar," send the boy she loves to his death. Collatine's
unwise praise of his wife as "chaste" provokes Tarquin's rape of
Lucrece, which in turn leads inexorably to the end of her bodily life.
The Sonnets-speaker, in attempting to make his beloved's beauty and
Katherine Duncan-Jones is Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University.
She edited Shakespeare's Sonnets for the Arden Shakespeare, Third Series
(1997). Her latest book is a biography entitled Ungentle Shakespeare:
Scenes from his Life (2001), and she is at work on a critical edition of
the poems. She has also published extensively on Sir Philip Sidney.
Admission is free and open to the public. The Folger Shakespeare Library
is located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. For
more information, please contact The Folger Institute at (202) 675-0333
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