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Spring 2017 Speaker Series: Ayanna Thompson


Is Shakespeare Beyond Race?

February 1, 2017

Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English, George Washington University

Wednesday February 1, 4:00 PM
Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Avenue
Admission is free and all are welcome!

This event is part of the Spring 2017 Speaker Series: What the ‘Literary Greats’ Have to Say to Us

Over the last few decades there has been much discussion of how literary canons evolve over time and which authors rightfully belong to that canon. Many works by women, LGBTQ authors, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and non-Europeans have now made their way into college literature courses, though whether these authors should become a permanent part of the college curriculum, or whether there really ought to be a literary canon at all, are matters of heated debate. But meanwhile, what do the mostly white and male ‘literary greats’ who used to be firmly embedded within the high school and college literary curriculum have to say to us today? Are they still relevant to our increasingly diverse twenty-first-century global society? Next spring four highly respected scholars address these questions in a series of provocative talks about the place that the ‘literary greats’ can still occupy in our lives today. This series is co-sponsored by the Department of English.