Sunday, June 5, 2016

When Prospero Becomes Prospera: Examining Gender Roles Through Shakespeare's The Tempest

Gender expectations and Julie Taymor's 2010 film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play The Tempest
will be the focus of the final session of the 2015-16 Professor's Corner series. All are invited to attend this free session 

on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
The final session of the 2015-16 season of Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group will take place on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Please join the group then for When Prospero Becomes Prospera: Examining Gender Roles Through Shakespeare's The Tempest. Admission is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

ABOUT THIS SESSION
Julie Taymor's 2010 film adaptation does more than add rock and roll and special effects to Shakespeare's classic play The Tempest. In her version, the Duke of Milan, Prospero, becomes the Duchess, Prospera. This session will examine how Taymor's adaptation urges us to question our 21st-century gender expectations through the lens of a 17th-century text. The question of power is at the heart of The Tempest: how one gains or loses power, what right any man has to power over another, etc. How do those power dynamics shift when it is a mother instead of a father driving the narrative?
       
WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday, June 8, 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
Dr. Gretchen Busl earned her Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Notre Dame with a focus on adaptation and translation and a minor in Gender Studies. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Texas Woman’s University, where she teaches a variety of courses in global literature, women's literature, literary theory, and writing.

OPTIONAL READINGS FOR THIS SESSION
Reading Shakespeare’s The Tempest and watching the Taymor movie version in advance is encouraged but not required. Reading the Wikipedia page on The Tempest is also recommended. 

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.

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
.

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We hope to see you on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

~Dr. Stephen Souris

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