"Can this cock-pit hold / The vasty fields of France? Or may we cram / Within this wooden O the very casques / That did affright the air at Agincourt? / O pardon: since a crooked figure may / Attest in little place a million . . ."
—Henry V, Prologue. 11-16
Physical, symbolic, and metaphorical spaces operate to define Shakespeare’s fictional worlds and the characters who inhabit them. But Shakespeare’s works and the idea of Shakespeare himself travel too, occupying different physical and metaphorical places in the cultures that include him. Whether the places we study are the settings for the plays, the physical space of the Renaissance playhouse, the places Shakespeare inhabits (both Renaissance and contemporary), or the ideological spaces created by the institution of the public theater, the rubric of place allows us to read Shakespeare’s works from multiple and mutually enriching perspectives. So, “screw your courage to the sticking-place” (Macbeth I.vii.66) and come join us as we explore the theme of place in Shakespeare!
Three ASU faculty—Cora Fox, Bradley Ryner, Ian Moulton (ASU Poly), and alumna and Wright State faculty Carol Mejia-Laperle (PhD 2008)—discuss their work in relation to the theme of place and will take questions from the audience about place in Shakespeare.
A special English Club reading!