Emily Dickinson's Shakespeare with Dr. Páraic Finnerty

Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m.
Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room, Amherst College

 Dr. Páraic Finnerty clarifies the essential role that Shakespeare had in Emily Dickinson’s life by locating her allusions to his writings within a nineteenth-century American context. In the process, he shines new light on Shakespeare’s multifaceted presence in Dickinson’s world: in education, theater, newspapers, public lectures, reading clubs, and literary periodicals. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

This program is part of a series surrounding the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare from the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC, on view in May at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. To find out more about the programs surrounding First Folio! click hereFirst Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Libraryhas been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the support of Google.org, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, and other generous donors.

Páraic Finnerty is Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Portsmouth. He is the author of Emily Dickinson’s Shakespeare (2006) and co-author of Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson’s Circle (2013). His next book, Dickinson and her British Contemporaries: Victorian Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America, is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press. He was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College in spring 2004 and it was during this time that he finished his book on Dickinson and Shakespeare. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Emily Dickinson International Society.