Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Wendy Wall "At Home with Shakespeare"
Prof. Wendy Wall, chair of the Department of English at Northwestern University, is the fifth annual Comparative Drama Distinguished Lecturer. Her talk, "At Home with Shakespeare," will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 25th, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.
This presentation examines the particular way that textiles in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello signal contradictions in how domestic work was understood in the period. These plays make strikingly clear that domesticity was a site of creativity, power, and fantasy, comprising objects and activities whose meanings could not fully be controlled. As they exploit contradictions in household ideology, Shakespearean plays reveal creative tensions in how housework was used to structure--and to negotiate--communities and relationships.