Why Shakespeare? The Bard of Avon and American Culture

Presented by Margaret Knapp, Prof. Emerita
School of Film, Dance, and Theatre, ASU Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts

~Part of the ACMRS Political Shakespeares Series~

Eventbrite - Why Shakespeare? The Bard of Avon and American Culture

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ
Free and open to the public

What is the lure of Shakespeare in popular culture? Why does the magic of Shakespeare's language resonate so strongly in American advertising? In 1916, the 300th anniversary of his death was celebrated by thousands of institutions, including museums, department stores, and even a Wall Street brokerage house. A century later, these questions still engage us. What economic/political uses does Shakespeare serve in our very different reality of 2015?

About Margaret Knapp
Margaret Knapp is a Professor Emerita of ASU's School of Film, Dance and Theatre. She has published numerous articles, essays and encyclopedia entries on Shakespeare, Elizabethan Theatre, and early twentieth-century American theatre, as well as co-authoring a book about medieval English theatre. She is a past president of the American Society for Theatre Research, and a past member of the editorial boards of Theatre History Studies and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre.