Upcoming Special Events

Shakespeare's Wire

Date: September 16, 2015

Increasingly, a literary imagination structures contemporary quality television. In HBO’s series, The Wire, we witness the return of chess, the early modern aristocratic game of war. The Wire relates the codes of the drug war to the rules of this stylized war game. Elisabeth Bronfen brings The Wire into conversation with another set of dramatic productions on war: Shakespeare’s history plays. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.

Elisabeth Bronfen
Professor of English and American Studies
University of Zürich
Global Distinguished Professor
German Department
New York University

John Archer
Department of English
New York University

Arvind Rajagopal
Department of Media, Culture and Communication
New York University

About Elisabeth Bronfen:

Elisabeth Bronfen is professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zürich, and, since 2007 Global Distinguished Professor in the German Department at NYU. She specializes in the interface between literary and visual culture, historical transformations through various media, psychoanalysis, and gender studies. Her publications include Home in Hollywood. The Imaginary Geography of Cinema (Columbia U. P.), Specters of War. Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict (Rutgers U.P.) and forthcoming Mad Men, Death and the American Dream (Chicago U.P./Diaphanes).

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States