Identifying Shakespeare: Unmasking the Bard
Professor’s Corner, a discussion group devoted to literary texts, will meet at the South Branch on Wednesday, October 12 at 7. Gray Scott, professor of English at Texas Woman’s University, will lead a discussion about the Shakespeare authorship controversy.
English scholars insist the author behind Hamlet and Othello was a man named William Shakespeare. Many actors, journalists, judges, directors, and a host of other fans generally outside of academia think someone else wrote those works, the leading contender being Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. An upcoming movie by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, entitled Anonymous, will put the Earl of Oxford’s claim to the box office test. An online Declaration of Reasonable Doubt has, meanwhile, circulated, drawing signatures from such figures as Derek Jacobi (who is in Emmerich’s film).
This session of Professor’s Corner will explore some of the difficulties faced by anyone who wants to solve the mystery—indeed by anyone hoping to definitively identify the author of any Renaissance play—and perhaps reveal why the above debate is unlikely to be resolved any time soon, as well as why it’s so easy to propose new Shakespeares.
When: Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 pm
Where: Denton Public Library – South Branch
3228 Teasley Lane in Denton
For more information, please call 940-349-8752 or email Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com.
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