Unravelling Shakespeare's Life - "Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture 2011-2012"

Cradle-to-grave biographies of Shakespeare in the twenty-first century have steadily drifted toward fiction and toward reading the life out of the works. James Shapiro unravels the writing of Shakespeare's life over the past two centuries in an effort to understand when and why these trends have occurred, what price we pay for this biographical tradition, and what alternative approaches might offer.

James Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985. He 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. He also works with a number of theater companies, including Theatre for a New Audience and the Royal Shakespeare Company

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
James Shapiro (Columbia University): 'Unravelling Shakespeare's Life', Chair: Professor Sir Brian Vickers (Institute of English Studies)
Event date: 
Monday, 23 April 2012 - 1:00am