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Heather James: “Bison Hamlet”
February 8, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Stevenson Fireside Lounge
“Bison Hamlet” considers the idea of species extinction in myths of the westward transmission of culture in early modern England (translation of empire) and nineteenth-century America (Manifest Destiny). The chief exhibits are an 1861 painting of the American frontier — in which a bison features as Hamlet — and the graveyard scene of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Heather James teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California, with emphases on English, Latin, and Italian. Her long-standing interests include classical transmission, poetry and drama, politics, book history and gender. Newer interests include commonplacing and the presence of Renaissance culture in the American West.
At 4 p.m., Professor James will conduct a graduate-student-only seminar on Hamlet Act V, scene 1