University Massachusetts, Amherst
“Twelfth Night and the Broken Jest”
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Georgian Room, IMU
Twelfth Night, like many of Shakespeare’s comedies, is built out of a series of events and characters defined by their mistakes or errors. This talk focuses on the social and semantic form of the jest as a potential expression of this pattern of error, linking the jokes and jokers of Twelfth Night to my own difficult experiences with early modern jest-books. Along the way, I discuss the specter of stupidity — silence and incompetence — in comic form, in historicist philology, and in my own pedagogy and scholarship.
Adam Zucker, associate professor at U Mass Amherst and the author of The Places of Wit in Early Modern English Comedy (Cambridge, 2011)