Department of English: Shakespeare and the Fear of Mockery – School of Literature, Art and Media Department of English: Shakespeare and the Fear of Mockery – School of Literature, Art and Media

Department of English: Shakespeare and the Fear of Mockery

“Shakespeare and the Fear of Mockery”

Dr Peter Kishore Saval

(Author of Reading Shakespeare Through Philosophy (Routledge 2014), and Shakespeare in Hate: Emotions, Passions, Selfhood, Passions, Selfhood (Routledge 2015)

At certain difficult moments in Shakespeare’s plays a character demands that others not mock or laugh at him.  Leontes in The Winter’s Tale stands before the statue of Hermione and says, “let no man mock me, /For I will kiss her” (5.3. 98-99). King Lear before his daughter Cordelia says, “Do not laugh at me / For as I am a man, I think this lady /To be my child, Cordelia” (4.7.69-72).  Why would these characters mention mockery or laughter at moments that are manifestly not laughable, and that few would find deserving of mockery? Our answer to these questions will require acknowledging the power of Shakespeare’s art to impinge upon and challenge our desire for emotional self-protection.

Event location: 

Seminar Room S226
John Woolley Building A20
University of Sydney

Date

Mar 29 2019
Expired!

Time

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cost

Free. Registration not required.

Location

John Woolley Building (A20)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

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