Michael Dudley

Michael Dudley’s talk, “Liberating Shakespeare” recounts his personal journey of discovery regarding the mysterious poet-playwright’s problematic biography, and its marginalization in the academy. It examines the colonial, nationalistic origins of the mythic biography of “the Bard,” and the ways in which the academy reproduces dominant narratives about him, before mapping the lived experience of those who have transcended this myth to embrace a new paradigm of Shakespearean authorship.