Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis – DEC 3, 2022 at 7:00PM

$35.00

Presented by Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., in person and via live video stream with interactive Q&A.

Tickets: $35.  YOU MAY CHOOSE THE VIDEO STREAM OR IN-CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE. FOR THE VIDEO STREAM, ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY.  CLASSROOM TICKETS ARE $35 PER PERSON. (PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASSROOM SEATING IS LIMITED.)

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Shakespeare’s most popular and most quoted work during his lifetime, the narrative poem Venus and Adonis finds the beautiful goddess of love pursuing Adonis, a young male intent only on hunting the wild boar. Totally oblivious to beauty and sensuality, the adolescent Adonis wants nothing to do with Venus or sex.  How improbable is that?  Or maybe not?

In addition to exploring the narrative, we’ll discuss the importance of classical myth in Renaissance writing and the craft of writing that led to Shakespeare’s dramatic brilliance.

Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English at San Jose State University, specializes in Shakespeare and in Medieval/Renaissance studies. She twice taught in SJSU’s Semester-Abroad-in England where she loved studying Shakespeare and English history on site. During retirement, she has published biographies of England’s first Yorkist queen, Elizabeth Wydeville, in Elizabeth: England’s Slandered Queen, and the first Tudor queen (mother of Henry VIII), in Elizabeth of York.

 

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