Shakespeare Conference: Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics

Shakespeare HuntingtonThe Huntington Library will host a two-day Shakespeare conference Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18: Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics. Cost is only $25 (free for students). The “new social history” has exploded the myth that the culture of Shakespeare’s society was one of obedience. In this special event, social historians and literary critics will reposition his works in the culture wars of the period, and reassess Shakespeare’s presentation of power and authority. Space is still available but seating is limited.

Sessions include:
Popularity and Popular Politics in Early Modern England
• Popularity and its Discontents: Staging Politics on the Shakespearean Stage
• Popularity and the Arts of Rhetoric: Julius Caesar in Context

Conceptualizing Commoners and Social Struggle
• Rehearsing the Plebeians: The Classical and the Topical in Coriolanus
• Shakespeare’s Overview: Did He Have Any Theory of English Historical Development?

Class Rebellion in Henry VI Part Two
• Brave minds and hard hands: Drama and Social Relations in the Hungry 1590s
• The Plebeians Revise the Uprising: What the Actors Made of Shakespeare’s Jack Cade

Women, Labor, and Food Production
• Shakespeare’s English Comedies and the Dialogue with Social History
• Know your food: Titus Andronicus and the Local

Shakespeare and Tudor Institutional Change
• As full of grief as age: Geriatric Poverty, the Poor Law, and King Lear
• Shakespeare and the Military Revolution: The Social and Cultural Weapons of Reformed War

Citizen Skepticism and Political Agency
• The lean, unwashed artificer: Shakespeare’s Missing Magna Carta
• The Speaking Silence of Citizens in Shakespeare’s Richard III

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The Huntington’s collections include world-class holdings of early quarto and folio editions of Shakespeare, including his First Folio from 1623, plus a great deal of material relating to the history, politics, and social history of the period. The Huntington Research Library attracts many Shakespeare scholars from around the country.

Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depth of Politics
April 17- 18, 2015, 8:30 am –5:00 pm
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Rothenberg Hall
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
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