What does Stoicism have anything to do with performance, or Shakespeare, in particular? Donovan Sherman will speak to us about his exploration of Stoic philosophy in Shakespeare’s time and the theatrical, embodied practice of such philosophy, which is the theme of his recent book The Philosopher’s Toothache: Embodied Stoicism in Early Modern English Drama (2021). His talk will be followed by a conversation with Professor Julia Lupton, co-director of UCI’s New Swan Shakespeare Center.
Donovan Sherman received his Ph.D. in Drama from UC Irvine in 2011. He is an associate professor of English at Seton Hall University. His research focuses on intersections of early modern performance, philosophy, and drama. He is the author, most recently, of The Philosopher's Toothache: Embodied Stoicism in Early Modern English Drama (Northwestern UP, 2023) and co-editor, with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of Shakespeare and Virtue: A Handbook (Cambridge, 2022) and, with Danielle Rosvally, Early Modern Liveness: Mediating Presence in Text, Stage, and Screen (Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2023), along with several essays in scholarly journals and edited collections. His current project explores race, casting, and Black Classicism in Shakespearean performance.