Monday, September 27, 2010

2010 Thomas More Studies Conference: "Thomas More's Influence on Shakespeare's 1-3 Henry VI and Richard III"

THE CENTER FOR THOMAS MORE STUDIES
at the University of Dallas, www.udallas.edu

HOSTS

SHAKESPEARE & THOMAS MORE
ON LAW & CITIZENSHIP




OFFERED WITH THE GENEROUS ASSISTANCE OF THE APGAR FOUNDATION


Friday-Saturday, 5-6 November 2010


Major Focus
Thomas More and Shakespeare both began their literary careers wrestling with the “sickness” of civil war in England. Shakespeare knew well More’s History of Richard III, a history that is rich in allusions to Greeks and Romans who investigated the nature and causes of civil war. They, like the American Founders, all agreed that “faction” is a major cause. What solutions do More and Shakespeare suggest for those who are “first” or leading citizens in such trying conditions? What skills and virtues do these leading citizens need? What role does law play?

Texts
Thomas More’s English version of History of King Richard III (as it appeared in Holinshed’s Chronicle)
Shakespeare’s History of King Henry VI.3 (depicting the height of England’s civil war)
Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Richard III (still one of Shakespeare’s most popular and most frequently performed plays)
Shakespeare, Munday, et al’s Sir Thomas More (a collaborative work of 5 London playwrights)


Major Lecturer and Seminar Participant
Dr. Robert S. Miola, Professor of English and Professor of Classics at Loyola College in Maryland
Among his publications are Shakespeare’s Rome (Cambridge UP, 2004), Shakespeare’s Reading (Oxford UP, 2000), Shakespeare and Classical Comedy: The Influence of Plautus and Terence (1997), Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy: The Influence of Seneca (1992); and editor of Much Ado about Nothing (Barnes & Noble, 2007), Measure for Measure (Apprentice House, 2007), Macbeth (Norton Critical Edition, 2003), A Comedy of Errors: Critical Essays (1997).

Friday, November 5, 2010
4:00—5:30 Dr. Gerard Wegemer: Citizenship, Law, & Self-Government in Thomas More’s Richard III
7:30—9:00 p.m. Plenary Address. Dr. Robert Miola: Shakespeare and The Book of Sir Thomas More


Saturday, November 6, 2010
9:00 a.m.—10:30 Seminar for paper presenters: More’s History of Richard III and Shakespeare’s Use of It in His Richard III
11—12:30 p.m. Seminar for paper presenters: Shakespeare’s Henry VI and His Scenes in Sir Thomas More
2:30—4:00 p.m. Dr. John Alvis: Citizenship & Law in Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy & in Sir Thomas More
4:30—6:00 p.m. Final Panel and Discussion: How did Thomas More influence Shakespeare? What are the most fruitful ways to explore the question of "influence"? What work remains if we are to understand better the relation between More's writing and Shakespeare's?


For more information, go to www.thomasmorestudies.org/conference.html or call 972-265-5741.

CLE also available: www.thomasmorestudies.org/docs/2010TMProgramCLE.pdf.

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