Baylor Libraries Present Lecture Honoring Shakespeare

Maurice Hunt
Maurice Hunt photo by Baylor Photography
April 20, 2016

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WACO, Texas (April 20, 2016) – In honor of the 400th year of Shakespeare's passing, the Baylor Libraries and the Medieval and Renaissance Research Seminar will present a lecture by Maurice Hunt, Ph.D., Research Professor of English, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space on the second floor of Jones Library.

"Shakespeare has influenced the Western world's understanding of drama, relationships, even history. What do we know about his world? This lecture is a great chance to answer that question and enlarge our knowledge," said Eileen Bentsen, librarian for the Baylor Libraries and liaison for the Honors College, history and medical humanities.

Hunt's lecture will cover the historical events that actually happened around Shakespeare's death in the spring of 1616 as well as the myths. A reception will follow.

Hunt has published and edited many works on Shakespeare, including "Shakespeare's Romance of the Word" (1990); "Shakespeare's Labored Art" (1995); "Shakespeare's Religious Allusiveness: Its Play and Tolerance" (2004); "Shakespeare's 'As You Like It': Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation" (2008); "Shakespeare's Speculative Art" (2011); "Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and Other Late Romances" (1992); "Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'" (2000) and "Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's 'Othello'" (2005).

He also has published more than 140 articles that have been featured in journals such as "Shakespeare Quarterly," "English Literary Renaissance" and "Shakespeare Studies." He is editing "Cymbeline," a 1623 play by Shakespeare, for the MLA New Shakespeare Variorum Series.

"There were no memorials to Shakespeare erected right after he died," Bentsen said. "This presentation will help us understand why he was seemingly overlooked in the city in which he made his living and his fame."

The lecture is free and open to the public. Jones Library is located at 1301 S. Second St.

by Jenna Press, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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