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“Minc’d and Fricaseed”: Garrick’s Adulation and Adaptation of William Shakespeare

  • Dr Johnson's House 17 Gough Square London, England, EC4A 3DE United Kingdom (map)

David Garrick is commonly credited with creating what we might now call “The Shakespeare Brand.” Despite his apparent devotion to this dramatist, he rewrote many of the plays, often repeatedly, before presenting them to London audiences. This talk will present the disparities apparent in Garrick’s response to Shakespeare, which veered significantly between hero worship and textual butchery. 
Dr. Sheila T. Cavanagh is Professor of English at Emory University. Founding director of the World Shakespeare Project ( and Director of Emory’s Year of Shakespeare (2016-2017), she was recently Fulbright/Global Shakespeare Distinguished Chair in the UK. Author of Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in the Faerie Queene and Cherished Torment: the Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania, she has published widely in the fields of pedagogy and of Renaissance literature. 

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