Department of English

Professor Douglas Bruster to give inaugural lecture at Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bologna

Tue, January 25, 2011

Professor Douglas Bruster has been invited to give the first lecture in the Institute of Advanced Studies' series on The Human Mind at the University of Bologna this spring. Scheduled to speak subsequently in this series are Sir Anthony Kenny (Philosophy, Oxford), Pierre Rosanvallon (History, College de France), Giacomo Rizzolatti (Neuroscience, University of Parma), John Searle (Philosophy of science, University of California, Berkeley), and Douglas Hofstadter (Information Sciences, Artificial intelligence, Indiana University). 

Bruster's lecture, entitled "Shakespeare's Minds at Play," responds to recent advances in the fields of cognitive science and stylometric analysis, which have expanded our paradigms for the study of authorial agency. Bruster argues that "our myriad-minded Shakespeare"—in the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge—forms a compelling limit case for evaluating new theories of cognition and human creativity. 

Douglas Bruster is a Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award (2009–10) and the W.O.S. Sutherland Award for Teaching Excellence in Sophomore Literature (2010). Among his publications are Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare (1992), Quoting Shakespeare (2000), Shakespeare and the Question of Culture (2003), To Be or Not To Be (2007), and, with Robert Weimann, Prologues to Shakespeare's Theatre (2005) and Shakespeare and the Power of Performance (2008). His edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream will appear this March from Wadsworth Publishing.

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