South Florida Harper Lecture with David Bevington: Love and Friendship in Hamlet
November 14, 2012: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Please join us for "Love and Friendship," a lecture by English and comparative literature professor David Bevington.
Four Seasons Hotel
1435 Brickell Avenue
$20/person general admission
$10/person for young alumni
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6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Cocktails
7:00 PM-8:30 PM: Lecture and Discussion
Please join us for "Love and Friendship," a Harper Lecture by David Bevington. Unlike Shakespeare's earlier comedies, which focus on amorous courtship and generally end with a parade to the marriage altar, the tragedy of Hamlet presents amorous love as deeply problematic and doomed to failure. By way of a kind of compensation perhaps, male friendship emerges as a spiritual bulwark for the protagonist. To be sure, male friendship in the play is also presented as potentially calculating and self-interested, but, in Horatio, Hamlet finds a person with whom he can share a deep and abiding love and trust.
Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the humanities, professor in the departments of English and comparative literature, and chair of theater and performance studies. A noted public expert on Shakespeare, Bevington is also senior editor of the Norton Anthology of Renaissance Drama and the forthcoming Complete Works of Ben Jonson.