The first meeting of this semester’s Waterloo Renaissance Workshop will be held Thursday, October 15, from 4-5 p.m. in Hagey Hall 232. Dr. Alysia Kolentsis will lead a discussion of “Shakespeare and Discourse Analysis.”
Alysia Kolentsis is an Assistant Professor at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Her work focuses on early modern drama and poetry, with a particular emphasis on Shakespeare and language. She has articles published or forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry; The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Language; Shakespeare Survey; Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture; and Exemplaria. Her current project borrows approaches from language theory – including the areas of pragmatics, discourse analysis, and historical linguistics – to highlight the foundations of Shakespeare’s language. It takes as its focus easily-overlooked function words to examine how Shakespeare explores the expressive and rhetorical potential of everyday language.
The Waterloo Renaissance Workshop is a forum for the presentation and discussion of research on early modern English literature and culture. It offers opportunities for students, faculty, and independent scholars to share their work with other specialists in a more relaxed setting than conferences and formal lectures normally provide. The format varies, but meetings usually begin with a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by discussion for the rest of the hour. Conversations continue beyond this, aided by refreshments. All are welcome.