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Event: Sex, Love, and Sin in Shakespeare
Speaker:  Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date:  September 24, 2014
Location:  The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA Room 108
Time:  6:00 pm
Fee:  FREE.

This talk will explore the ways in which the early modern period viewed sex and sexual orientation in general, and how Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, in particular, seem fascinated with sex and sexualities that we in the 21st century might label "queer." Ranging from intense male friendships to women falling in love with girls disguised as boys, from the beautiful young man of the sonnets to cross-dressing in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare's works are rich in explorations of sexuality well outside the norm.

Event: Shakespeare and Ghosts
Speaker:  Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2014 6:00 PM
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA Room 108

The witches in Macbeth and the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream garner most of the attention when people talk about Shakespeare's supernatural creatures. But ghosts are actually more common (4, possibly 5 plays, featuring almost 20 ghosts), more variable (there are happy and sad ghosts, ghosts who warn and ghosts who curse, and even ghost who might not be a ghost) and much more culturally complex. In Shakespeare's time, witches were commonly accepted as real, and fairies were seen as folk tales or literary devices. But ghosts were difficult--Protestantism had done away with the idea of purgatory, and no one could return to earth from heaven or hell, so how could ghosts possibly exist? This talk will explore the ghosts of Shakespeare as characters, plot devices and religious controversies.


Event: Shakespeare's Missing Sex Joke

Speaker:  Dr. Matt Koszuko
Date:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA, Room 108 
Fee:  FREE

One of the first things we learn about Shakespeare is that the plays and poems are full of bawdy humor.  Situating the way we talk about sex and the body historically and stylistically, this talk addresses the one sex joke Shakespeare didn't make.  Please note the talk is geared toward adult audiences.