USD College of Arts & Sciences:
Scholars in Conversation

in conjunction with the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival


Saturday, June 19, 2021, 3pm

Prentis Park, Vermillion SD

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Separated and lost siblings provide the foundation for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, but this comedy quickly adds more confusions and mistaken identities. The mixed-up, topsy-turvy world of the play has everything from festive joy to exaggerated mourning.

Enhance your viewing experience of Twelfth Night by joining a group of scholars for a conversation about the author, the play, the historical context, and other productions.

All you need is a picnic blanket or lawn chair and your curiosity for this lively, free event.


About the Presenters

Dr. Bruce Brandt (South Dakota State University)

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Dr. Bruce Brandt is Professor Emeritus of English at South Dakota State University, where he taught Shakespeare and other classes in Early Modern literature. His research focuses especially on the drama of Christopher Marlowe. Recent publications include essays on Marlowe's Hero and Leander and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.  

Darlene Farabee (University of South Dakota)

Dr. Darlene Farabee is associate professor and chair of the English department at the University of South Dakota. She is the author of Shakespeare’s Staged Spaces and Playgoers’ Perceptions (Palgrave 2014) and a co-editor and contributor to Early Modern Drama in Performance (2015).  Farabee has published essays on a range of early modern texts from Christopher Marlowe’s plays to Milton’s Paradise Lost.  

Dr. Jillian Linster (University of South Dakota)

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Dr. Jillian Linster teaches in the English department at the University of South Dakota. Her scholarly research focuses on the intersection of medicine and literature in the early modern era. She is currently at work on a monograph about seventeenth-century physician Helkiah Crooke and his anatomy manual, Mikrokosmographia, the first medical book to describe the female reproductive system in English.

Dr. Daniel Normandin (George Mason University)

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Dr. Daniel Normandin teaches early modern literature at George Mason University. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2020. He has taught courses on Shakespeare, English Renaissance poetry, transatlantic travel writings, and early American literature. He researches literary representations of English colonization in Ireland and the Americas in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.