Forum explores Shakespeare sonnets

September 21, 2015
Doudna Hall

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will present a faculty forum, “Shakespeare’s Sonnets,” on Thursday, Oct. 1, in 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

At the forum, Dr. Peter Hadorn, associate professor of English at UW-Platteville, will examine a number of Shakespeare’s sonnets to show the many ways in which they explore issues of time and cognition. Shakespeare was a 16th century English poet and playwright.

“Sonnets are traditionally associated with matters of love,” said Hadorn. “As usual, Shakespeare breaks the rules and writes sonnets that are not only intensely moving, but also deeply philosophical. Often labyrinthine in their structure, these sonnets take as part of their subject matter how we, as human beings, subjectively interpret the passages of time and constantly struggle to preserve a sense of the eternal.”

Following Hadorn’s discussion, Dr. Kara Candito, associate professor of creative writing and English literature at UW-Platteville, will discuss the ways in which contemporary poets, especially those from marginalized groups, respond to the sonnet structure and its venerable tradition. “From subversive to parodic, the contemporary sonnet and its variations demonstrate the intrinsic relationship between art, historical moment and socio-cultural position,” said Candito.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas to university faculty, staff, students and to community members. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The College of LAE Faculty Forum Series aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect, and enriching the tri-states area.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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