April 23, 2020 at 4:00pm at the National Humanities Center
Paula Blank (1959–2016) was an accomplished Shakespearean scholar, English professor at The College of William & Mary, and a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2001–02 and 2012–13. During her second fellowship, Blank worked on a project entitled “Shakespeare and Modern English.” When she passed away suddenly in 2016, three members of the English Department at William & Mary—Elizabeth Barnes, Erin Minear, and Erin Webster—honored their friend and colleague’s memory by ushering her unfinished manuscript through publication.
Shakesplish: How We Read Shakespeare’s Language by Paula Blank, was published by Stanford University Press in 2018. On April 23, 2020 (Shakespeare’s 456th birthday), Elizabeth Barnes, Erin Minear, and Erin Webster will remember their friend and talk about what it was like to bring her work to publication.