A sad tale’s best for winter: Shakespearean Romance, Trauma, and the Limits of Storytelling
by Ann Pleiss Morris
UW Oshkosh, Sage Hall, 1216
The Shakespearean Romances, including The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, Pericles, and The Tempest, are known both for their fairy tale-like qualities and their problematic, sometimes overwrought, plot lines. Pleiss Morris will discuss how Shakespeare, at the end of his career, questions the limits of traditional storytelling when trying to redeem a traumatic past. When Shakespeare puts nature in conversation with storytelling traditions, he is able to create narratives of healing and hope, brightening the otherwise tragic worlds of these late plays.
Ann Pleiss Morris is an Associate Professor of English at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. She teaches courses in early British literature, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, women’s literature, composition, literary criticism, and trauma studies. This event is free and open to the public. Audience members will be invited to ask Pleiss Morris questions.