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The Secrets of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets contain some of the most famous love poems in the English language. They also tell us a lot about how Shakespeare's thought his writing might exist beyond his lifetime in cultural memory. But what do they tell us about Shakespeare's own thinking about love or about how he'd remember his own life? In this lecture and subsequent discussion, Professor Garrison shares some of his latest thinking from his new research that earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship this year. And he invites participants to think about their own relationship to Shakespeare's poetry.

Faculty Member: John Garrison
Discussion Date: Oct. 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. C.T.

Meet Professor Garrison

John Garrison’s teaching focuses on the literature and culture of the early modern period in England, and includes courses on John Milton and William Shakespeare. His areas of expertise include English literature before 1700; the history of sexuality; memory studies; and peace studies.

Professor Garrison’s most recent books are Shakespeare at Peace (co-authored with Kyle Pivetti, Routledge, 2018), which explores the playwright’s relationship to pacifist movements of both the Renaissance and the twenty-first century, and a study entitled Shakespeare and the Afterlife (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is currently at work on a monograph entitled “The Pleasures of Memory in Shakespeare’s Sonnets” (Oxford University Press) and a critical anthology entitled “Peace and Pacifist Thought in Early Modern England” (Edinburgh University Press).

Professor Garrison has been awarded fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Beinecke Library at Yale University, California Humanities Institute, Council of Independent Colleges/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Folger Shakespeare Library, Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Medieval Academy of America, Medieval Association of the Pacific, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library, and the Renaissance Society of America. Most recently, he was named a 2021 Guggenheim fellow.

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