Lecture: Shakespeare and the Supernatural

Event details

  • Wednesday | October 23, 2019
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia; Room 405; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library)
  • 215-496-9722 ext 101

Shakespeare and the Supernatural


Led by Jim Casey, Associate Professor of English at Arcadia University in Philadelphia

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 405
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

Shakespeare’s plays are full of supernatural elements and entities, but how did these fantastic spectacles appear on stage during Shakespeare’s time? What did Shakespeare’s fairies look like? How were ghosts recognized on stage? What were the techniques of stage-magic that made gods and witches (dis)appear or made Oberon turn invisible? Paying particular attention to the material embodiment of magicians, devils, ghosts, and fairies, this lecture will attempt to answer these questions and illuminate the role of the audience in the creation of magic on the early modern stage.

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*Photo by Kendall Whitehouse