Shakespeare Scholar to Speak April 20


The UALR Department of English will host Shakespearean scholar, Peter J. Smith, PhD from Nottingham Trent University at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in the Arkla Room in Ross Hall on the UALR campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Smith, Reader in Renaissance Literature at Trent, will present his lecture “Something Rick and Strange: The Tempest and the Magic of Authority.”

Smith studied at the universities of Lancaster and Leicester and has lectured in Italy, France, Holland, Australia, Poland, and many times in America.  He has been Visiting Professor at Tours, Lincoln-Nebraska and University of Massachusetts.  He is the author of Social Shakespeare (Macmillan, 1995), co-editor of Hamlet: Theory in Practice (Open University Press, 1998) and, most recently, co-editor of a special volume of the journal Shakespeare (Routledge, 2010) on the theory of theatre reviewing.

His essays and reviews have appeared in Shakespeare, Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Bulletin, Review of English Studies, Critical Quarterly, and The Upstart Crow.  He is on the editorial boards of Shakespeare and Cahiers Elisabethains and regularly reviews books and theatre productions for Times Higher Education. He is a trustee of the British Shakespeare Association.

Currently, he is finishing a book on scatology and writing a stage history of Twelfth Night.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 501.569.3161 or go to

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