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Celebrate Shakespeare 400 at Idaho State University April 5

March 28, 2016

POCATELLO – In honor of Shakespeare 400, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's life (1564-1616), the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University is sponsoring a public lecture titled, "Editorial Re-Fashioning, Or What Have We Done to Shakespeare?"

The lecture will be held April 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex Suites on the ISU campus, and it will explore the subtle and surprising ways that editors shape how we read and make sense of Shakespeare's works.

The speaker is Cathy Shrank, professor of English at the University of Sheffield, and an award-winning author of books and articles on 16th- and 17th-century English literature. The talk will draw from her experience editing Shakespeare's “Coriolanus” for the “Norton Shakespeare,” third edition, and from her recent project editing Shakespeare's sonnets.

The lecture is free and open to all members of the ISU campus community and the public. For further information, contact Jessica Winston, ISU professor of English, winsjess@isu.edu.

In addition to the lecture, Shrank will also discuss the early publication history of Shakespeare's sonnets in the Department of English’s 17th-century literature class at 7 p.m. April 4 in the ISU Liberal Arts Building, Room 152.  Auditors are welcome and encouraged to obtain reading in advance from Curtis Whitaker, ISU professor of English: whitaker@isu.edu.

In addition to these events, on the afternoon of April 23, the Marshall Public Library will also host a birthday party for Shakespeare. Please check with the Marshall Public Library for details.