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April 16: Magic and medicine in Shakespeare

Demon painting
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The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is hosting a discussion about the interplay of medicine and magic in Shakespeare’s works on Monday, April 16.

Sara Burdoff, lecturer in the English department at UCLA, will lead the discussion centering around the fascination with demonology most often identified in “King Lear” and will explore some of the ways in which “Hamlet,” too, is a work influenced by fears of demons and other malign influences on the body. Of particular interest is the indistinguishability of natural and supernatural malady in the early modern period, and its reflection in the ambivalences of gender, personhood, and agency that plague the Danish state. The discussion will begin at 12 p.m. in Royce Hall room 306.

Events and prorgamming like this align with UCLA College’s focus on medical humanities in the division of humanities. Medical humanities seeks to utilize courses from multiple disciplines for students in medical degree programs and offer students on a traditional humanities track the chance to broaden their scientific knowledge.

This event is free, but advance registration is requested.

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