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Examine the complex relationship between the Bard, his timeless writing, and the wealthy benefactors who funded it with Shakespeare scholar Professor Richard McCoy.
Over the course of six sessions, McCoy will introduce participants to Shakespeare’s connection with his patron, Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton, offering a close analysis of the works that he funded to help uncover how Shakespeare’s responses to the relationship.
Participants will come away with a stronger understanding of the sources of Shakespeare’s two long narrative poems dedicated to the Earl at the start of his career, “Venus and Adonis” and “The Rape of Lucrece.” They will also take a close look at the historical speculation that the Earl was the beautiful young man of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Moreover, participants will consider the ambiguities of aristocratic privilege and munificence as well as the resentments they provoke, initially focusing on selected sonnets and eventually analyzing comparable characters in the plays: Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice and Portia and Bertram in All’s Well that Ends Well.
This program will take place on Tuesday, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2 and 9 from 10:30 am-12 pm ET. This program will be recorded and available for later viewing by those who register.
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In-person programs:Adults and children ages 12+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend our in-person programs.
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Richard McCoy is Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, and author Faith in Shakespeare (Oxford, 2013).
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