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April 20, 2012
Free Public Lecture
When is Sex Legal? Rape, Coercion, Bigamy, Mixed-Race Marriage, Transvestism, and Not Being Straight

Speaker: A conversation between Dr. Gary Taylor and Dr. Jennifer Drobac, Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: IUPUI Campus Theater, Garden Level, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN
Contact: School of Liberal Arts at (317) 274-1456

Professor Jennifer Drobac

A conversation between Dr. Gary Taylor and Dr. Jennifer Drobac. Drobac (pictured left) will discuss, from a legal perspective, the issues surrounding sexuality, and particularly the sexuality of young people, raised by The History of Cardenio. Taylor will be approaching the same issues from the perspective of literary history and men's studies. A performance of The History of Cardenio follows (tickets required for the play but not the discussion prior).

• 5:30 p.m.: Free lecture (Dr. Drobac and Dr. Taylor)
• 7:00 p.m.: Performance of The History of Cardenio (Shakespeare's lost play)
• 10:00 p.m.: "Talk Back" Question and Answer session.

Drawing of Shakespeare and fellow authors Shakespeare's lost play

In 1653 The Stationers' Company of London registered for publication a manuscript called "The History of Cardenio", written by Shakespeare and his younger contemporary John Fletcher. Court documents of 1613 establish that this play was acted before King James by the King's Men (Shakespeare's troupe). That Jacobean play was never printed, and the original manuscripts are apparently lost. Dr. Gary Taylor, joint general editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, and Distinguished Research Professor of English at Florida State University, has recreated the lost play in a rigorous quest for authenticity based on twenty years of research, identifying fragments of the original and discrediting some later claims about it. This performance of The History of Cardenio at IUPUI marks the first complete theatrical production of Taylor's script.
[More about the play] [View the press release - Español] [History of Cardenio Blog] [Download the Official Flier]

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