Stanford University Shakespeare Expert to Speak at TU

Thursday, March 31, 2005

 Published on 3/31/05

Stephen Orgel, the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, will speak on “Shakespeare and/or Music” on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in McFarlin Library Faculty Study.

Shakespeare’s plays include a great deal of music, both practical and metaphorical. As the 17th and 18th centuries progressed, the plays increasingly became the basis for operatic and choreographic entertainments that significantly transformed the plays, often leaving Shakespeare almost unrecognizable.

Orgel’s talk focuses on the musical fortunes of “Macbeth”, “The Tempest”, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. His talk will be illustrated with musical examples and slides.

He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the theatrical history of Shakespeare. Orgel publishes widely on the political and historical aspects of Renaissance literature, theater and art history. His most recent books include “Imagining Shakespeare”, “The Authentic Shakespeare” and “Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare’s England.”

He has taught at Harvard and Berkeley and Johns Hopkins, and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ACLS, Guggenheim, and Getty. He was a visiting fellow at New College, Oxford, and the Clark Lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge. Orgel is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at Fifth Place and Florence Avenue. For more information contact Dr. David B. Goldstein, English Department 918-631-2810 or