Authors@Acadia Present Dr. Fiona Tolhurst
Dr. Fiona Tolhurst, Harrison McCain Visiting Professor of Medieval English
7:00 pm, January 23, 2014
Shakespeare as a (Not So) Great Playwright
Recent research in the field of Shakespeare Studies has focused on a network of issues related to authorship. Learning a bit about William Shakespeare as a literary borrower and co-author requires today’s readers of Shakespeare plays to set aside their Romantic image of him as a solitary genius. This knowledge can, however, help readers to appreciate both the brilliance of playwrights other than Shakespeare and the stylistic differences that (most critics agree) mark him as superior to his contemporaries. By examining John Lyly’s Galatea, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet, and Shakespeare and George Peele’s Titus Andronicus, we will attempt to discover just how great the bard really is.