David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale and one of the world’s most influential Shakespeare scholars, will visit campus this Thursday to deliver a talk, “Forgetting Hamlet.”
“His work on Shakespeare, on early modern culture, and especially on book history have had a powerful impact on me,” says Rob Carson, assistant professor of English at HWS. “He somehow manages to be deeply imaginative and eminently sensible at the same time. It’s a rare combination in a literary critic.” Kastan’s lecture serves as a preview to an Early Modern Speaker Series Carson is planning for next year.
In a statement, Kastan notes “My primary intellectual concern is with the relations of literature and history in early modern England, considered from a variety of perspectives. Increasingly this interest has focused on the production, transmission, and reception of texts (a focus that I like to think of as ‘the new boredom’).”
Kastan received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and B.A. from Princeton University. He currently teaches at Yale University and previously taught at Columbia University (1987-2008) and Dartmouth College (1973-1987). Receiving numerous awards and honors as a scholar and professor, he is one of the general editors of the “Arden Shakespeare,” the series editor of the new “Barnes and Noble Shakespeare,” “Shakespeare After Theory,” and Shakespeare and the Book.” He has published a number of books on early modern English literature, and is currently working on two more, “Shakespeare and Religion” and “The Invention of English Literature.”
His talk will take place April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackwell Room in Demarest Hall.