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Professor of English Walter Cannon reads new book at Writers Reading

February 8, 2013

Walter CannonOn Feb. 28, Walter Cannon, professor of English, will read from his new book “Who Hears in Shakespeare?” for the Writers Reading series.

His book examines ways in which Shakespeare’s plays are designed for hearers as well as spectators. To look at the acoustic world of the plays involves a paradigm shift that changes how the audience understands virtually everything about Shakespeare’s plays: from the architecture of the buildings, to playing spaces, to blocking, to larger interpretative issues, including the understanding of character based on players’ responses to what they hear, mishear or refuse to hear.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing Walter read from this book—his work is always so interesting, and he’s a terrific reader,” said Natalie Hutchinson, Writers Reading coordinator and library director. “Audiences have really enjoyed his readings in the past, and I’m sure that they will this time, as well!”

Cannon will be reading in the Geisler Library Reading Room at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about Walter Cannon’s new book on Civitas.