Shakespeare Scholar to Present 2005 H.O. Grauel Lecture


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 8, 2005 ᾰ The Department of English at Southeast Missouri State University will present the 2005 H.O. Grauel Lecture on Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. in Robert A. Dempster Hall’s Glenn Auditorium. 

The guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Ellen Lamb, professor of English Renaissance Literature at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She will present a paper titled “Fairies and Hobbyhorses: Rethinking Popular Culture in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Lamb received a doctorate from Columbia University and has published on Shakespeare and on early modern women writers in such journals as Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, English Renaissance Studies, Review of English Studies and Criticism. Her book, Gender and Authorship in the Sidney Circle, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1990.

The H.O. Grauel Lecture is an annual lecture series established in 1996 to honor Dr. H.O. Grauel (1901-1995), a long time educator and administrator at Southeast.

This lecture’s paper is part of a larger project, under contract with Routledge publishing company, titled The Production of Popular Cultures by Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson. Her next project will involve ways in which early modern discourses of consumption shaped women readers. She will be working on this project at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst next year as a fellow at the Renaissance Center.

For further information, contact Dr. Stephanie Chamberlain at (573) 651-2619, or e-mail