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Doane College Welcomes Shakespeare Speaker Richard Shoaf

Doane College Welcomes Shakespeare Speaker Richard Shoaf


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Doane College's Lucille Cobb Lecture Series 2007 lecture will take place Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Whitcomb Lee Conservatory.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is the 17th in the Lucille Cobb Memorial Lectureship for Writers.

The speaker this year is Professor Richard Allen Shoaf, Alumni Professor of English, the University of Florida, Gainesville. Professor Shoaf's lecture, "‘If Imagination Amend Them': De rerum natura and A Midsummer Night's Dream," promises to be an imaginative and instructive examination of how the relationship between Shakespeare's comic masterpiece and the fundamental ideas of Lucretius' great first-century BCE didactic work enables Shakespeare to investigate the nature of identity's construction.

This presentation follows close on the heels of Professor Shoaf's most recent major publication, Shakespeare's Theater of Likeness (New Academia Publishing, 2006), a careful study of how "Shakespeare's theater is also Shakespeare's theory of the psychology of likeness and unlikeness in the human striving for the most elusive (and allusive) of all attainments, an individual identity."

Among Professor Shoaf's many accomplishments are numerous papers and published scholarly essays on medieval and Renaissance subjects, two editions of medieval poems, an essay collection, and four important books on medieval and Renaissance subjects-Dante, Chaucer, and the Currency of the Word (1983), The Poem as Green Girdle (1984), Milton: Poet of Duality (1993), and Chaucer's Body: The Anxiety of Circulation in "The Canterbury Tales" (2001).

Professor Shoaf is also one of the founding editors of Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.


Posted
by Nancy Weyers

on 3/13/2007 12:00:00 AM

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