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President's Speaker Series at Yale-NUS: Pulitzer Prize Winnner, Stephen Greenblatt " 'Age is Unnecessary': Shakespeare and the War between the Old and Young"

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Greenblatt describes his lecture, 'Age is Unnecessary': Shakespeare and the War between the Old and Young: "The subject of my lecture is extreme old age, a problem relatively rare in the past but increasingly familiar in our world. I will range from the Bible’s Adam and Eve story and the apocryphal Vita Adae et Evae to contemporary evolutionary biology. My central focus will be on King Lear, where Shakespeare focuses his astonishing powers of attention on the aspect of senescence that is least relevant to the biological processes of life history: that is, to the consciousness of an old person fitfully aware that his mental as well as physical powers are waning and anxious about the support he will receive from his offspring as they are entering their own reproductive lives. This consciousness has no claim on the attention either of the Biblical narrator of the evolutionary biologist; it is, like the non-reproductive bodies of the very old, a kind of meaningless leftover. But for Shakespeare – and for literature – the leftover is the thing itself."

A Q&A session will follow the address.

cover photo:
King Lear and Cordelia, Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, Florence 1728–1815 Lisbon)

ABOUT THE SPEAKER


Stephen Greenblatt is John Cogan Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. He is an American scholar of Shakespeare and literary historian widely known as a founder of New Historicism, a literary theory whose goal is to understand intellectual history through literature. He has written extensively on the subject in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker.

His honors include the MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize, for Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Professor Greenblatt received his BA and PhD from Yale University and MA from Pembroke College, Cambridge.

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Thu Aug 10, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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Yale-NUS (Student, Faculty, Staff) FULL
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18 College Avenue West 138528 Singapore
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The Performance Hall is located at the main entrance to the College just next to the oculus and collecting pool. If you plan to drive, please park at the Stephen Riady Centre, walk out to College Avenue West, and continue up the street a short distance.
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