Tuesday, November 7, 2017
South Ross, 801
This talk will examine passages in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale where fiction-making comes under scrutiny. Both explicit instances, such as art objects and story-telling, and implicit ones, where figurative language does complicated emotional work, will be examined. The goal will be to see if Shakespeare’s play contains anything like a “theory of fiction” or a picture of what purpose is served by the common human propensity to make things up.