Lecture: Shakespeare’s Monsters

Event details

  • Wednesday | October 10, 2018
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia; held in the Literature Department; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library)
  • 215-496-9722 ext 101

Shakespeare’s Monsters

Led by Jim Casey, Associate Professor of English at Arcadia University in Philadelphia
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); held in the Literature Department section
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

The word “monster” in English originally referred to an animal or human child born with a birth defect; the word came directly from the Latin monstrum, which indicated a violation of natural order, an omen or warning from the gods. For Shakespeare, monsters are sometimes born—as in the case of Richard III—but most often they are made through a person’s actions. So, how does one become a monster in Shakespeare? What actions do the plays depict as monstrous? How does monstrosity appear on stage? This lecture will discuss what the word “monster” meant to Shakespeare and how modern productions have presented the very different monsters of Richard III and Caliban.

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