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AVAILABLE EXPERT - 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Queen’s University doctoral candidate Erin Weinberg is available to comment on the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, on April 23, 1616. The “Bard of Avon” remains widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the history of the English Language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are regularly preformed in theatres around the globe.

“Shakespeare was an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent,” says Ms. Weinberg. “His plays provide a stencil for meditating on struggles relevant to every generation. Whether they are staged in the Palestinian territories, refugee camps in Calais, or a castle in Denmark, these 400-year-old works speak to universal themes that allow us to address hot-button issues are too fraught to approach with contemporary language.”

Ms. Weinberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. Her PhD research focuses on the emotions in Shakespeare’s comedies - striving to understand the way that people in the Renaissance conceived of their feelings as something that extended out of the mind, through the body, and into the ties that bound people into a more literal social network than we could ever conceive of today. She maintains a blog on the contemporary accessibility of the works of Shakespeare at www.TheBardolator.com.

Ms. Weinberg is available for interviews on the morning of Wednesday, April 20 and during the day on Thursday, April 21.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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