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Shakespeare: New Perspectives

February 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Mary Floyd-Wilson

Shakespeare is, of course, great writing, but it’s even better when performed by expert actors. Likewise, there is great scholarship on Shakespeare, but it’s even better when presented to the public by an expert lecturer! Carolina has such a scholar in Mary Floyd-Wilson, who offers new insights on two of the Bard’s most-beloved plays.

Critics believe William Shakespeare wrote the comedy Twelfth Night and the tragedy Hamlet in 1601, the same year his father John died. Not surprisingly, both plays are about mourning. In four dynamic lectures, Dr. Floyd-Wilson will trace Shakespeare’s complex view of mourning through both plays’ mingling of comic and tragic elements. Shakespeare’s love of festivity, the crisscross nature of sexual attraction in his works, and humankind’s unconquerable desire to resurrect the dead, all come up for review in this engaging and entertaining seminar by Professor Floyd-Wilson.

Mary Floyd-Wilson, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of English and Comparative Literature, has published extensively in the fields of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama.

Hamlet and the Supernatural: Be Thou a Spirit of Health or Goblin Damned
Nature to Her Bias: Cross-Dressing and Desire in Twelfth Night
Hamlet, Passion, and the Theater: What’s Hecuba to Him?
No More Cakes and Ale?: The Misrule of Twelfth Night

9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 18). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 18).  Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 



February 24, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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