The Henriad: Shakespeare on War (A Webinar by James Banks)
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In 1944, when Allied troops were jumping behind enemy lines and disembarking under heavy fire on Normandy’s beaches, a film unit from the British Ministry of Information, on orders from Prime Minister Churchill and led by Sir Lawrence Olivier, was producing a film which was meant to boost the soldiers’ morale. However, unlike many other propaganda films of the same era, this one was adapted from a play written by a man who had died three centuries before. Why was Shakespeare’s Henry V so resonant with the playwright’s countrymen so long after his passing, and why was there so much in the work that the filmmakers felt obliged to leave out?
Join James Banks as we journey through William Shakespeare’s Henriad trilogy (Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II; and Henry V)–a journey which will take us from the streets of London to the fields of France and give us insight into Shakespeare’s view of war, which he portrayed both from the vantage of the head that wore the crown and from the perspective of those who were “base, common and popular”. Meet Henry, Falstaff, Hotspur, Bardolph, Mistress Quickly and Ancient Pistol and learn why, three hundred years after his death, Shakespeare still had so much to say.
Date: June 17, 2021
Time: 7-8:30 pm EST
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Bio: James Banks works and lives in Austin, Texas. He has written on a diverse range of topics, from Soviet dissident literature to aesthetic philosophy. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Intercollegiate Review, The American Interest and elsewhere. Prior to moving to Texas, he earned a master’s degree and began doctoral studies at the University of Rochester where he also taught on writing and politics. He also served for eight years in the military intelligence branch of the United States Army.