Image courtesy of Michael C. Carlos Museum

Desire and Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare

Jan 14, 2017 – Mar 26, 2017
DaysTime
Every Tue-Fri10am – 4pm
Every Sat10am – 5pm
Every Sun12pm – 5pm
Seniors/Students$6
Children (ages 6 to 17)$6
Children (5 and under)Free!

Description

Although Shakespeare set The Tempest on a small island off the coast of Italy, many scholars argue that he drew inspiration for the setting, several narrative themes, and the figure of Caliban from the newly encountered Americas. This exhibition explores this argument by pairing the Rose Library’s Fourth Folio with several engravings from Theodor de Bry’s “Americae” volumes, a series devoted to Columbus’s travels in the Americas, the customs of myriad American inhabitants, and the mistreatment of the native population by Catholic Spaniards. The exhibition also includes several objects from the Carlos Museum’s vast Americas collection, and considers how Shakespeare’s texts may have shaped a specifically English version of colonial contact.

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