All alumni and parent Tartans are invited along with University of Texas alumni in a discussion and exhibit walk through of Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity. This exhibit is co-curated by UT Professor of English, Janine Barchas and CMU Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Kristina Straub. We will have an afternoon discussion over hors d'oeuvres and wine and then explore the exhibit. Be sure to read this review from the New York Times.
About the Exhibit:
Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity takes a close look at these two celebrated authors' literary afterlives—and finds some surprising parallels. For both, adaptations and parodies in different eras helped popularize their work and make it more approachable (think Shakespeare Undead and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). Milestone events also increased their fame: for Shakespeare, the much-heralded 1769 Shakespeare Jubilee, and for Austen, a burst of 1990s films and a watershed BBC production. From portraits to porcelain collectibles, branded merchandise, and gravestone rubbings, these two authors have traced intriguingly similar arcs in their posthumous fame. Explore their stories and the nature of celebrity in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death and the 199th anniversary of Austen's in 2016.
Sunday, October 16
The Folger Shakespeare Library, Boardroom
201 E. Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
$10 per person.
Attire business casual, space is limited.