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Power Plays

November 5, 2016
2:45 pm
- 4:00 pm

Dudley H. Davis Center
Image of painting of Cleopatra
Please note: This talk is part of our 2016 Fall Conference. You must have registered for the conference to attend this event.

Shakespeare’s plays offer us ways to think about many of our most urgent concerns, including the related issues of power, authority, leadership, and sovereignty. They provide images of various kinds of leaders, fully imagined and differently mixing strengths and weaknesses — including strengths that are identical with their weaknesses.

In the plays, the extraordinary challenges of leadership become clear and memorable. This session examines what qualities we see in Richard III, Henry IV, Julius Caesar, Brutus, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony, Cleopatra, and Prospero, and considers what we can learn about their successes and failures, and the inevitable conflicts between the demands of power and our inescapably flawed humanity.

Led by:  David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University


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