Reception to follow.
Join Jane Brown for a presentation and discussion of her recent book, The Persistence of Allegory: Drama and Neoclassicism from Shakespeare to Wagner.
Brown traces a complex history of neoclassicism in which new allegorical forms flourish and older ones are constantly revitalized. She reveals the allegorical survivals in the works of such major figures as Shakespeare, Calderón, Racine, Vondel, Metastasio, Goethe, and Wagner. Brown reads tragedy, comedy, masque, opera, and school drama together rather than as separate developments. Throughout, she draws illuminating parallels to modes of representation in the visual arts.
Jane K. Brown is Professor of Germanics and Comparative Literature. She is the author and editor of several books in English and German, including Goethe's Faust: The German Tragedy and Ironie und Objektivität: Aufsätze zu Goethe, and is the former President of the Goethe Society of North America.