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Shakespeare on Love                                        Registration Info

Leonard Barkan '71  

Tuesdays or Thursdays, September 28 - November 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

*note dates below*

Location: D&R Greenway Landtrust, Princeton NJ


Course Description: 

This series of seminars will be devoted to a reading of Shakespeare’s plays that concentrates on his view of love. It is, of course, a subject central to a great many plays. We will consider both comedies and tragedies, and there will also be brief related readings that will help understand the classical and Renaissance views of love with which Shakespeare may have been in conversation.



Week 1- Thurs. Sept 28: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet

Week 2- Tues, Oct 3: As You Like It; Selections from Plato’s Symposium

Week 3- Thurs, Oct 12: Twelfth Night; Selected sonnets by Petrarch and Sir Philip Sidney

Week 4- Thurs, Oct 19: Othello; Selected Shakespeare Sonnets

Week 5- Thurs, Oct 26: Antony and Cleopatra; Selections from Giordano Bruno’s Heroic Frenzies  

Week 6- Tues, Nov 7: The Winter’s Tale; Selections from Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier


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Leonard Barkan '71 Ph.D.

Leonard Barkan is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton; he teaches in the Departments of Comparative Literature, Art and Archaeology, English, and Classics. His books include: The Gods Made Flesh: Metamorphosis and the Pursuit of Paganism (Yale, 1986) and Unearthing the Past: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Making of Renaissance Culture (Yale, 1999), which won prizes from the Modern Language Association, the College Art Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, Architectural Digest, and Phi Beta Kappa.  He is the winner of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has been an actor and a director; he contributes regularly to publications in both the U.S. and Italy on food and wine.  His book Satyr Square (Farrar, Straus, 2006; pbk Northwestern, 2008), is an account of art, literature, food, wine, Italy, and himself.  In recent years, he has published Michelangelo:  A Life on Paper (Princeton, 2010), which treats the artist’s creative and inner life by considering his constant habit of writing words on his drawings, and Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures (Princeton, 2012), an essay about the intersecting worlds of artists and writers from Plato and Praxiteles to Shakespeare and Rembrandt.  During 2014-15 he was the Rudolf Arnheim Gastprofessur at Institut für Kunst und Bildgeschichte at the Humboldt University, and Visiting Professor at Harvard’s I Tatti Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.  His most recent book is Berlin for Jews:  A Twenty-First Century Companion, (U Chicago Press).   Having delivered the Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures at the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome in 2011 on food culture and high culture from antiquity to the Renaissance, he is now completing a book-length version of that subject to be entitled Reading for the Food:  Art, Literature, and the Hungry Eye