Visiting Shakespeare scholar to give lecture tomorrow night
Audiences in Auckland will get a chance to engage with the world of 21st century Shakespearean scholarship when Professor Gary Taylor, one of the world’s leading Shakespeare academics, visits this week.
The University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington have joined forces to bring out Professor Taylor, who is this year’s University of Auckland Alice Griffin Shakespeare Fellow.
At The University of Auckland Professor Taylor’s public lecture, “The man who made Shakespeare”, will explore a key figure behind the creation of Shakespeare’s acclaim: little-known 51year-old London printer and small businessman Edward Blount.
“He was the first English publisher to specialise in what we would now call literature,” says Professor Taylor. “His belief in Shakespeare’s enduring skills as a playwright virtually bankrupted him, but the result is the most famous book in English, the 1623 first edition of Shakespeare’s collected Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.”
“Shakespeare continues to appeal to audiences around the world, and it is an honour to host a Shakespeare scholar of such international standing,” says Professor Tom Bishop, Head of The University of Auckland’s Department of English. “I have no doubt that both the public lecture in Auckland and the play in Wellington will enlighten and entertain their audiences.”
Professor Taylor initially established his academic reputation through his radical re-editing of Shakespeare for Oxford University Press, and he has gone on to become one of the leading in- ternational scholars, writers and editors of his generation. He is currently the George Matthew Edgar Professor of English and Director of the Centre for the History of Text Technologies at Florida State University, and is the coeditor of the Oxford Shakespeare and of the Oxford Middleton, and author of many books and articles, including Reinventing Shakespeare and Shakespeare Reshaped 1606-1623.
Professor Gary Taylor (http:// www. english. fsu. edu/ faculty/ gtaylor.htm) will deliver “The man who made Shakespeare” at 6:30pm on Thursday 30 April in Old Government House, The University of Auckland (corner of Waterloo Quadrant and Princes St). The lecture is free and open to the public. Please arrive early to ensure seating is available.