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'Rating "A Midsummer Night's Dream" '

Doug Bruster, English

Fri, September 24, 2010 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' leads a double life.  Regularly performed for children as a harmless piece of fun, it is also interpreted as a brutal commentary on power and desire. How should we reconcile these differences?  What should the fantasy world of 'Dream' be rated?  Addressing these questions may tell us a great deal about the erotic appeal of theater, power, and dreams themselves.

Douglas Bruster is a Professor of English at UT. After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. in English, History, and Latin, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard.  He is presently editing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for Cengage Learning.  He is married to the medievalist Elizabeth Scala, who has somehow persuaded their two daughters that Chaucer comes before Shakespeare.

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