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Friends of the Library Speaker : Shakespeare: Anonymous or Synonymous? Other events...
“Shakespeare: Anonymous or Synonymous?” is a presentation developed in response to a fairly recent film entitled Anonymous in which the authorship of Shakespeare has been challenged. In the nineteenth century, when very little was known about Shakespeare’s life, a number of theories grew up around the authorship of plays attributed to Shakespeare. So much is now known, however, that to most people familiar with the works there is no doubt: quite simply the plays were by William Shakespeare of Stratford. Rather than seeking to validate Shakespeare as author, which is not difficult, the presentation will be more directed towards the phenomenon of conspiracy theories, with special reference to Shakespeare. More specifically, the following question will be addressed: why do some of the world’s literati, including a number of distinguished Shakespearean actors of today, still subscribe to outmoded theories of alternative authorship in the face of powerful arguments to the contrary?

About the Speaker

Christopher Wortham retired from UWA as Emeritus Professor in 2005 after 30 years in the Department of English and remains active as Senior Honorary Research Fellow. He has published extensively, chiefly on topics concerning medieval and Renaissance poetry and drama. Since 2009 he has held the position of Professor of Theatre Studies and English Literature at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. His most recent publications include a co-edited volume of essays entitled This Earthly Stage (2011) and chapter in European Perceptions of Terra Australis (2012), which he also co-edited. He is a former President of the ANZ Association for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and was editor of its journal, Parergon, during formative years of its development. Among other activities, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shakespeare WA.
Speaker(s) Christopher Wortham
Location Reid Library, ground floor Meeting Room, UWA. Free parking is available via Entrance 1, Carpark No. 3. Members: Free, Non Members: $5 donation
Contact Susan O'Connor <[email protected]> : 6488 2354
Start Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:00
End Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:00
Submitted by Susan O'Connor <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:59
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