Faced with the challenge of revisiting The Tempest as a 21st century novel – Hag-Seed – Margaret Atwood chose to cast Ariel as a hacker who uses modern audio visual and digital technology to create illusions. In this lecture, she will describe the process, and the problems she had to solve. If Shakespeare were alive today he'd be using holographs!
Margaret Atwood will also present the keynote address at our annual Great World Texts student conference on April 3. Great World Texts in Wisconsin connects UW faculty with high school teachers across the state, through the shared goal of encouraging high school and university students to read classic world texts, both ancient and modern. This year, high school students will explore William Shakespeare's The Tempest as part of the 2016-2017 Great World Texts program.
Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival, Promega, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series.
A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, was made into a documentary. Her recent novel, Madaddam (the third novel in the Oryx and Crake trilogy), has received rave reviews: “An extraordinary achievement” (The Independent); “A fitting and joyous conclusion” (The New York Times). The trilogy is being adapted into an HBO TV series by celebrated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Atwood’s most recent collection of short stories is Stone Mattress. Her most recent novel is The Heart Goes Last; a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, called Hag-Seed, will be published this fall.