Lecture: Shakespeare and the Violated Body

Event details

  • Wednesday | January 22, 2020
  • 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 Violated Body


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

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020; 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

Carol Chillington Rutter suggests that while bodies in texts may disappear, “Material bodies in the theatre remain in view.” Traumatized bodies in literature or criticism can be skipped over or even erased, but in the closed space of the theatre, we cannot ignore the bodies in pain before us. Focusing on Titus Andronicus (one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays), this lecture will explore the gendering of violence, the complicity of the audience in violent acts on stage, and the cultural attitudes toward violence during Shakespeare’s time.

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