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Two Protestant Revengers

Two Protestant Revengers
91 Charles Street West, Victoria College Senior Common Room (rear entrance)
Time: Oct 28th, 4:00 pm End: Oct 28th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), 1500-1800
Lecture by Elizabeth Pentland, English, York University

The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies are pleased to present:

Elizabeth Pentland, York University

Two Protestant Revengers (A Talk on Marlowe's Massacre at Paris and Shakespeare's Hamlet)

This talk will draw connections between two revenge tragedies performed nearly a decade apart, but both published for the first time in 1603: Christopher Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Both playwrights engage Calvinist philosophies associated with the French Wars of Religion as they explore the implications for the English theatre of an emergent Protestant ethics of life and death, resistance and revenge.

Elizabeth Pentland specializes in Renaissance literature including Shakespeare. She is currently working on a book about England’s literary and political relations with France during the period of the French civil wars. Her recent publications include “Teaching English Travel Writing from 1500 to the Present,” in Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters, edited by Karina Attar and Lynn Shutters (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), “Philippe Mornay, Mary Sidney, and the Politics of Translation,” for the Early Modern Studies Journal Vol. 6: Women’s Writing / Women’s Work in Early Modernity (2014), “Shakespeare, Navarre, and Continental History,” in Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare, edited by Michael Saenger (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014), and “Martyrdom and Militancy in Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris,” in Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England, edited by James Mardock and Kathryn McPherson, (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2014). She is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and she has written for Renaissance Quarterly, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Cahiers Elisabethains.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, (416) 585-4468.

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For 51 years, the TRRC has presented for Southern Ontario a lecture series on Renaissance and early modern topics, as well as organized panels and supported small conferences. An independent organization with no institutional budget of its own, TRRC depends on memberships to mount its programs. Your contribution helps us sustain our activities for the benefit of a wide community of scholars and students, specialists and those with general interest. We appreciate your support. We  ask you therefore please to fill out and send in the membership form attached HERE and return it to Konrad Eisenbichler. Our yearly dues are very modest, so perhaps you could pay for three years (2015-2018) at once and really help us to plan well for the future.

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The TRRC steering committee for 2015-16: Elizabeth Cohen (Chair),  Konrad Eisenbichler (Secretary-Treasurer), Germaine Warkentin (Past Chair), William Bowen, David Goldstein.


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