HPU Professor Presents Shakespeare Research At Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 4, 2009 – Dr. Jim Casey, assistant professor of English at High Point University, presented a paper on early modern monstrosity in Shakespeare?s “Richard III” at the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Washington, D.C.
Casey was invited to participate as the expert respondent for the “Disabled Shakespeare” Seminar at the conference. His paper addresses the ahistorical nature of King Richard’s hunchback, noting that the disability was invented by the Tudors to damage Richard’s legitimacy. Deformed children were seen as “monsters” in the early modern period, warnings from the gods, and this moral dimension informs Shakespeare’s portrayal of the crookbacked king.
Casey’s essay discusses the removal of Richard’s hump in recent, politically correct adaptations of “Richard III” and argues that these versions remove Richard’s culpability and place the blame for his actions outside his body. This obfuscates the reading of Shakespeare’s original work, suggesting that Richard is not the devil – rather his hunchback is.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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