Join literary scholar and writer Paula Marantz Cohen for a conversation about empathy, the outsider, and the precarity of aging in Shakespeare’s writings.
Drawing on research for her new book, Of Human Kindness: What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Empathy, Cohen will lead participants in a discussion of Shakespeare’s empathetic portrayal of characters on the margins of society. Tracing an evolution from the disabled Gloucester in Richard III to the pivotal reflection of outsider characters in Merchant of Venice through the empathy Shakespeare found for the perils of old age in King Lear. Shakespeare, Cohen will argue, is particularly attuned in this play to the challenges that face aging parents in their dealings with adult children.
Over the course of this lecture, participants will gain a stronger understanding of how empathy works in Shakespeare – his morally complex, multi-dimensional characters – and the precarity of the outsider in western culture, from Shakespeare’s time through the present day.
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This class will be recorded for later viewing by patrons.