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Shakespeare: Biography and Anti-Biography

Synopsis
Podcast. Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture delivered at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Elizabethan Theatre by Brian Cummings. Cummings argues that the biography of Shakespeare is a paradox. Is he our greatest author precisely because we know so little about him, and his life remains a mystery? Shakespeare is at once a figure of cultural saturation and an indefinable enigma. We see him everywhere, yet we keep on looking for more. Do we feel our lack of knowledge so painfully because it relates to a figure we care so much about? Professor Cummings discusses the problem of writing the life of Shakespeare in terms of the documentary history and its haunting sense of missing links. Perhaps the reading of a writer creates a life of its own, somewhere between writer and reader, in the mystery that constitutes the act of literature.
Series
Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Recording date
3 Apr 2014
Duration
59 mins

Credits

Contributor
Brian Cummings

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Podcast: http://folgerpedia.folger.edu/Shakespeare%27s_Birthday_Lecture:_Brian_Cummings:_Shakespeare,_Biography_and_Anti-Biography_%282014%29 (accessed 2/2015).

Production Company

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA

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