Meeting the Fourth: Shakespeare in Quotation Marks

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Friday, February 10th 8 PM

In recent years, the quotation of proverbs from Shakespeare’s plays has become an institution in and of itself. Far more readers have gained exposure to the Bard through Polonius’ “to thine own self be true” or Iago’s “good name in man and woman…” than they have through the works themselves. This litex, led by Philo member Nathan May, will look at two moments in time when this process of proverbial excerption became particularly pervasive. Throughout, we will see how a history of Shakespearean proverbial quotation, far from serving as a merely amusing trifle, raises vital questions about the nature and purpose of literature itself.

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