Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Professor's Corner: Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia

Seneca's Octavia will be the subject of the next session of Professor's Corner: A
Literary Discusion Group. Join the group on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 
at the
South Branch of the Denton Public Library 
for Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia
The next session of the 2015-16 season of Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Please join us then for Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia. Admission is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

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ABOUT THIS SESSION
Seneca holds a very odd place in theatre history. On the one hand, his plays influenced the entire course of Western European playwriting. Shakespeare, Marlow, and Jonson would be impossible without him. On the other, his works may have never been produced in his lifetime. Furthermore, his own avowed philosophy, Stoicism, actively sought to dissuade its followers from engaging in such “flashy” and public demonstrations of character as theatre--let alone the bloody, violent extravaganzas written by Seneca. Yet into this tension arrives Seneca’s Octavia. It’s not quite a fragment of a play, not quite a one-act, not quite a docudrama--and not quite stage worthy. Yet it is all of these things, as well as a fascinating look into the world of Seneca and Nero and an extraordinary lesson in Stoic resolve in the face of a tyrant’s murderous rage.
       
WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210. Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection. A Google map and directions are available here.)


COST
This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

SPEAKER
This session's presenter is Dr. Patrick Bynane, who received his Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from Louisiana State University. His research focused on Irish and Irish-American identity and the ways in which performance shaped and created such identity. He has presented at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference on topics as varied as Irish theatre, improvisation, online pedagogy, and Beckett. Dr. Bynane is an Associate Professor of Drama at TWU where he is also the program director for Drama. He is also a professional actor. 

Dr. Patrick Bynane will be the featured speaker
at Stoicism on Stage: Seneca's Octavia
 
OPTIONAL READINGS FOR THIS SESSION
Background information on Seneca is available in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and on Wikipedia. Four Tragedies and Octavia is recommended but not required.

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES

The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by featuring local English professors who talk about their special interests. The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Gatherings are usually held on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m., and readings of modest length are usually available in advance. Announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request to Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library at Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com.

STILL TO COME: PROFESSOR'S CORNER 2015-16

April 13, 2016: Revisionist Myth-making in U.S. Poetry (Dr. Ana Louise Keating)
May 11, 2016: New Formalism in American Poetry (Dr. Kathryn Jacobs)
June 8, 2016: Gender Roles in The Tempest (Dr. Gretchen Busl).

SERIES COORDINATOR
Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library (Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com or 940-349-8752) 
SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris of Texas Woman’s University (SSouris@twu.edu or 940-898-2343)

THANK YOU TO THESE SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Many thanks to Denton Public LibraryVoertman'sRecycled Books Records CDsand Cooper’s Copies and Printing for their support. This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.


~Dr. Stephen Souris

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