Free Speaker Series: Professor Kay Stanton, California State University, Fullerton
For many readers and audiences from Christian cultures over the centuries, Shylock was an evil Jew unreasonably demanding a pound of flesh from good Christian Antonio, with Portia's speech on mercy articulating Christian values at their most pure. With cultural diversity increasing over the last century such that Jewish readers, audiences, directors, and actors could view the play from their cultural perspective, and highlight it for those in a Christian culture, the perspective on Shylock began to shift, with his humanity acknowledged as being powerfully asserted in the Hath not a Jew eyes? speech and in his misery at the end of the courtroom scene. That perspective shift established, readers and audiences could then begin to become alert to additional kinds of prejudice that intersect in the play. Focusing on Merchant but also glancing at the technique in other of his plays, Dr. Stanton will demonstrate how Shakespeare teaches readers and audiences to overcome prejudices by artistic means, like those of optical illusion perspective tricks.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT, BUT DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED!
Kay Stanton received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and she is currently Professor of English in the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University at Fullerton. She has published over 27 scholarly articles, on Shakespeare, Milton, and Arthur Miller, and has presented papers at over 95 professional conferences, in 12 foreign countries and 21 American states. Her book Shakespeare's Whores: Erotics, Politics, and Poetics has recently been published by Palgrave-Macmillan, and she is now at work on a book on Shakespeare and quantum physics.
Richard Goad Theatre (View)
4250 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
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