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Leading Scholars at Yale Ask: “What Was Shakespeare Thinking?”


New Haven, Conn. — Renowned scholars will attempt to shed light on Shakespeare’s inner thought processes at a panel discussion being held at Yale on October 30.

Celebrated literary critic Harold Bloom and Connecticut Poet Laureate John Hollander will be among the notable panelists for “Shakespeare the Thinker,” to be held at 4:30 p.m., in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, 1080 Chapel Street. The event is hosted by Yale University Press, the Yale Center for British Art and the Whitney Humanities Center.

“Shakespeare the Thinker” was organized in honor of the late A. D. Nuttall and the recent publication of his book of the same title. A revered professor of English at Oxford and influential literary scholar, Nuttall shed light on the complicated critical and creative thought processes evident throughout the great dramatist’s works. “Shakespeare the Thinker” has been hailed as the best guide to Shakespeare’s plays available in English and as the crowning achievement of Nuttall’s career.

In addition to Hollander, Sterling Professor Emeritus of English, and Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, the panel participants are David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English, and Nuttall’s former student N. K. Sugimura, lecturer of English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

“Shakespeare the Thinker,” will be followed by a special screening of “Throne of Blood” (Japan, 1957; 105 min), an adaptation of “Macbeth” directed by Akira Kurosawa, at the Whitney Auditorium, 53 Wall Street.


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