Why Hamlet and Horatio Cannot Agree

Part of the ACMRS Scholar Series

Presented by Frederick Kiefer
University Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 12:30-1:30pm
Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 4403
ASU Tempe Campus
Free and open to the public

Eventbrite - Why Hamlet and Horatio Cannot Agree

It has been fashionable for Shakespeareans to view Horatio as not very bright. His descriptions of what he has seen are routinely dismissed as completely inadequate. I suggest that Horatio is intelligent, insightful, and reliable as an observer. But his world view is completely at odds with Hamlet's. Horatio's voice represents a view of life incompatible with Hamlet's. It is a view of life that finds its origins in classical tragedy.

Frederick Kiefer is a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona. He has written Fortune and Elizabethan Tragedy; Writing on the Renaissance Stage: Written Words, Printed Pages, Metaphoric Books; Shakespeare's Visual Theatre: Staging the Personified Characters; and English Drama from Everyman to 1660: Performance and Print. He also has edited a collection of essays based on papers presented at an annual spring conference: Masculinities and Femininities.