Seminars

  • Founded
    1982
  • Seminar Number
    581

This seminar explores issues of interest to the current Shakespeare scholarship. Principal topics include the relation of play-script to performance, the implications of recent changes in textual study, the relevance of texts to the social and political world in which they were produced, and the impact of contemporary theory on Shakespeare criticism. A Bernard Beckerman Memorial Lecture is presented annually in honor of the seminar’s founder.


Co-Chairs
Professor David Hershinow
david.hershinow@gmail.com

Professor Laura Kolb
laura.kolb@baruch.cuny.edu

Rapporteur
Bernadette Myers
bm2690@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

09/13/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Ghosts, Holes, Rips and Scrapes: Rethinking the "False Folio"
Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania
Abstract

Abstract

This talk concerns a famous case in the history of Shakespearean authorship: the so-called “Pavier Quartos” of 1619, or the “False Folio” as it is sometimes known. I will discuss new bibliographic findings from my study of more than 300 copies of them, which suggest that our traditional narratives about ‘the earliest collection of Shakespeare’s plays’ need to be seriously revised. Shakespeare in 1619 was not quite who we have thought him to be.





Notes: Bernard Beckerman Memorial Lecture
10/11/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Jennifer Linhart Wood, Folger Shakespeare Library




11/08/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Richard Strier, University of Chicago




12/13/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Leslie Dunn, Vassar College




02/14/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Lowell Duckert, University of Delaware




03/13/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

John Kuhn, Binghamton University, SUNY




04/10/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Debapriya Sarkar, University of Connecticut, Avery Point




05/08/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Marjorie Rubright, University of Massachusetts, Amherst