Literary Club is organizing a distinguished lecture series titled ‘Unravelling the Bard: through Global Perspectives’, April 15–20, 2021. Southwestern’s Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger is one of its featured speakers.

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Unravelling the Bard: Through Global Perspectives Lecture Series

More on Saenger’s talk “Shakespeare’s Fathers”

This lecture will examine the idea of partial paternity, or shared fatherhood, as something which exists prior to, contemporaneous with, and within, Shakespeare’s work. Through reference to biological, adoptive, symbolic, confused and shared fatherhood in Terence, Jonson and Shakespeare, Dr. Saenger will explore how the categories of legitimate and illegitimate fatherhood are established and troubled. Michael Saenger is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Early Modern Studies at Southwestern University. He teaches and writes on Shakespeare from a wide variety of perspectives. He is the author of two books, The Commodification of Textual Engagements in the English Renaissance (Ashgate, 2006), and Shakespeare and the French Borders of English (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and editor of Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2014), as well as numerous articles on Renaissance and other literature.