Lecture: Magic in Shakespeare

Event details

  • Wednesday | June 7, 2017
  • 6:00 pm
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia; Room 108; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library)
  • 215-496-9722 ext 102

“Magic in Shakespeare”
Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo

Everyone knows the witches from Macbeth and the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream but magic shows up in over a quarter of the plays, and is referenced even in plays that have no magic in them. Shakespeare seemed fascinated by magic, more so than most of his contemporaries. This lecture will explore how Shakespeare’s audience would have thought about magic and then look at examples, both familiar and unusual, of magic in the plays.

Admission is free with advance registration. Lecture is held at The Free Library of Philadelphia (Parkway Central).