Edgar and Edmund: Uncanny Twins in Shakespeare's King Lear | Newberry

Edgar and Edmund: Uncanny Twins in Shakespeare's King Lear

Friday, October 12, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Michael McShane, Carthage College
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Because of its intimidating grandeur, Shakespeare’s King Lear is rightly regarded by many as the Mount Everest of English literature. The masterwork can certainly be overwhelming in its scope. Therefore, reading is sometimes easier if one starts with a particular angle of approach. Hence, in this seminar we will consider the play through a special focus on the two brothers, Edgar and Edmund. On the surface, one brother is seemingly good and the other evil. Closer reading, however, reveals that the two diametrically opposed siblings hold much in common. Sometimes the two even seem to share the same thoughts, for instance. Further questions concern the symbolic significance of twins in literature more generally. The seminar will consider the uncanny rhythms of the brothers’ convergence and divergence as they move across the arc of the drama. A focus on the two strange brothers will perhaps open broader vistas on the meaning of Shakespeare’s most sublime drama.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.