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Shakespeare and the Invention of the Supervillain

Neilson Barnard/New Republic

Ancient mythology had its share of gods, monsters, and witches, and allegorical Christian plays had their allegorical bad guys. But the modern supervillain has one single pure origin: Shakespeare’s Iago, an ordinary person whose multiple motives conceal his essential drive for, and unrestrained theatrical enjoyment of chaos and evil for the sake of evil. 


Join us for a look at where he comes from (Chaucer’s Pardoner), what makes him so terrifying, and where he goes — Milton’s Satan, Cormac McCarthy’s Judge, Hannibal Lecter, the Joker, and the Amazing Amy Dunne. 





Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue for our Friday night residency.


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May 25

Happiness?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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May 30

Ways of Listening

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 1

What the Body Knows: Connecting Cells to Choreography

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Jun 8

How Great is Gatsby?

Taught by Charles Riley
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Jun 27

Gods That Fail

Taught by Lev Moscow
7:30 p.m. at Tompkins Ave Apartment

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