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Past Lectures



2012
Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)

"What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in The Winter’s Tale"
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2011
Wendy Wall (Northwestern University)
"Food for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen"
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2010
Jonathan Bate (University of Warwick)
"The Good Life in Shakespeare
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2009
Russell Jackson (University of Birmingham)
"Sensational Shakespeare"

 

2008
Alan Stewart (Columbia University)

"How Shakespeare Made History"

 

2007

Barbara A. Mowat (Folger Shakespeare Library)

"The Founders and the Bard"

 

2006

W.B. Worthen (University of California, Berkeley)

"Shakespeare 3.0"

 

2005

Stuart Sherman (Fordham University)

"Garrick and Theatrical Death"

 

2004

Coppélia Kahn (Brown University)

"Made in America: Shakespeare(s) for the Nineteenth Century"

 

2003

John Guy (Cambridge University)
"Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots"

 

2002

Katherine Duncan-Jones(University of Oxford)
" Love and Death in Shakespeare's Poetry"

 

2001

James Shapiro (Columbia University)
"Jessica's Daughters"

 

2000

Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania)
"The Latest Hamlet"

 

1999

Harry Berger Jr. (University of California, Santa Cruz, emeritus)
"Harrying the Stage: Theatre, Bad Conscience, and Other Skills of Offence in Henry V"

 

1998

Linda Charnes (Indiana University at Bloomington)

"The Hamlet Formerly Known as Prince"

 

1997

Peter Holland (Cambridge University)
"Measuring Performance"

 

1996

A. R. Braunmuller (University of California, Los Angeles)
"Bearded Ladies in Shakespeare"

 

1995

Phyllis Rackin (University of Pennsylvania)
"Thoroughly Modern Henry, or It is Better to Marry than to Burn"

 

1994

Gail Kern Paster (George Washington University)
"Heat-Seeking Missiles: Shakespeare, Women, and the Caloric Economy in Early Modern England"

 

1993

Michael Neill (University of Auckland)
"Shakespeare and Translation"

 

1992

Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania)
"Worn Worlds: Clothes and Identity in Shakespeare"

 

1991

Catherine Belsey (University of Wales College of Cardiff)
"Making Histories"

 

1990

Andrew Gurr (University of Reading)
"Boy Voices and Adult Voices on the Shakespearean Stage"

 

1989
Jonathan Dollimore (University of Sussex)
"Shakespeare Studies and the Current `Crisis' in the Humanities"

 

1988

David Bevington (University of Chicago)
" 'Is this the promised end?': Shakespeare's King Lear"

 

1987

Patricia A. Parker (University of Toronto)
"`Wanton Words': Shakespeare and Rhetoric"

 

Beginning in 1987 the Shakespeare Birthday Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Shakespeare Studies of the Folger Institute, became an annual event.

 

1984

Joseph G. Price (Pennsylvania State University)

"'Were it not that I have Bad Dreams': The Internalization of Character"

 

1983

Charles Shattuck

"Oh! There be Players that I Have Seen Play..."

 

1982

Stanley Wells

"Television Shakespeare"

 

1976

Jorge Luis Borges

“The Riddle of Shakespeare”

 

1975

Madeleine Doran (University of Wisconsin)

"One Entire and Perfect Chrysolite: The Idea of Excellence in Shakespeare"

 

1974

Bernard Beckerman (Columbia University)

"Shakespearean Playgoing: Then and Now"

 

1970

T.J.B. Spencer (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

“Shakespeare’s Art and Politics”

 

1969

Joel Hurstfield (University College, London)

“The Paradox of Liberty in Shakespeare’s England”

 

1968

Arthur R. Humphreys (University of Leicester)

“Marlowe, The Jew of Malta; Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice: Two Readings of Life”

 

1967

[a harpsichord recital by Stoddard Lincoln, April 23, 1967]

 

1966 (two birthday lectures)

April 23, 1966

Philip H. Highfill, Jr. (The George Washington University)

“Some 18th Century Responses to Shakespeare”

 

April 29, 1966

D.G. James (University of Southampton)

“Shakespeare and America: A New Link Between Them”

 

1965

[a concert by The Mary Washington College Chorus, April 23, 1965]

 

1963

[University of Maryland Madrigal Singers, A Program of Music of Shakespeare’s Time, April 23, 1963]

 

1962

George Winchester Stone, Jr. (Modern Language Association of America)

“The Poet and the Players”

 

1961

Stanley Bennett (Cambridge University)

“Queen Elizabeth I and the Press”

 

1960

Sir Ronald Syme (University of Oxford)

“Roman Historians and Renaissance Politics”

 

1959

Louis B. Wright and James G. McManaway, discussants

“The Reality of William Shakespeare”

 

1958

Winfred Overholser (Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital)

“Shakespeare’s Psychiatry – And After”

 

1957

[The Amherst College Chapel Choir, A Concert of Renaissance Music]

 

1956

[Roberta and Colin Sterne, An Evening of Music for the Virginals, Lute, Recorder, and Baroque Flute]

 

1955

Marchette Chute

“The Good Luck of William Shakespeare”

 

1954

[Nemone Balfour, A Program of Songs and Ballads of the 16th and 17th centuries]

 

1953

Louis B. Wright (Folger Shakespeare Library)

“The British Tradition in America”

 

1952

[William Hess, Blanche Winogron, Sydney Beck, Music of Shakespeare’s Day]

 

1951

William Haller (Barnard College, Columbia University, emeritus)

“‘What Needs My Shakespeare?’”

 

1950

John Cranford Adams (President, Hofstra College)

“Shakespeare and His Stage”

 

1949

Charles J. Sisson (University College, London)

“Elizabethans in Intimacy”

 

1948

Thomas Marc Parrott (Princeton University, emeritus)

Hamlet on the Stage”

 

1947

Samuel C. Chew (Bryn Mawr College)

“This Strange, Eventful History”

 

1946

Cornelia Otis Skinner

“The Wives of Henry VIII” [a play]

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1942

Charles Grosvenor Osgood (Princeton University, emeritus)

“The New Poet”

 

1941

Allardyce Nicoll (Yale University)

“Shakespeare’s Experiments in Evil”

 

1940

Leslie Hotson (Haverford College)

“Not of an Age”

 

1939

Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke (Yale University)

“Queen Elizabeth in Youth and Age”

 

1938

William Allan Neilson (President, Smith College)

“As Shakespeare Says”

 

1937

George Lyman Kittredge (Harvard University, emeritus)

“Shakespeare and the Critics”

 

1936

Felix E. Schelling (formerly University of Pennsylvania)

“Shakespeare and Biography”

 

1935

Samuel Arthur King (University of London)

"Dramatic Recital of Hamlet"

 

1934

[early English choral music by the Ypsilanti Singers; Elizabethan tunes on the recorder and harpsichord by John Challis; readings from The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It, by Edith Wynne Matthison]

 

1933

George A. Plimpton (President, Amherst College)

“The Education of Shakespeare, Illustrated with Textbooks in Use in His Day”

 

1932

Joseph Quincy Adams (Folger Shakespeare Library)

“Shakespeare and American Culture”

 
George L. Gray. Shakespeare Boiled Down. Chicago, ca. 1890. 





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