Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2001

Whitworth to Host Shakespearean Scholar, Author as 2001-2002 Ada Redmond Reader

Prolific Shakespearean scholar and author Steven Marx, a respected authority on links between the Bard and the Bible, is Whitworth College's 2001-2002 Ada Redmond Reader.

Hosted by the Whitworth English Department, Marx will discuss Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and its connection to the chapters of Genesis and Revelation in the Bible at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, in the college's Eric Johnston Science Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Earlier that day, Marx will discuss Shakespeare's "Hamlet" during one of Whitworth's Shakespeare classes at 9:20 a.m. in Westminster Hall, Room 209.

Many books have been written relating Shakespeare's plays to religion or the Bible, but Marx's Shakespeare and the Bible (Oxford University Press, 2000) is hailed by some literary experts as the first to bring first-rate Shakespearean scholarship to bear upon deeper biblical themes and patterns. Sixteenth Century Journal calls the book "admirably accessible to both students and teachers," adding that "scholars will find useful insights into how Shakespeare mined scripture for characterization, theme, allusion, and even dramatic structure in six major plays."

Marx is a professor of English at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He received his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University in 1981 and his B.A. from Columbia University in 1963.

Among his many honors, Marx was awarded the Provost's Faculty Centennial Seminar Grant at Cal Poly for 2000-01, the State Faculty Support Grant for 1996, the Cal Poly Distinguished Professor Award in 1994, and two NEH summer seminar grants, in 1993 and 1989.

His publications and presentations include "Greenaway's Books," in Early Modern Literary Studies, Sept. 2001; "Triangulating Shakespeare," a multimedia website on teaching Shakespeare; "Moses and Machiavellism" in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, fall 1997; "Progeny: Prospero's Books, Genesis and The Tempest" in Renaissance Forum, Vol. 1, #2; "Holy War in Henry V" in Shakespeare Survey 48, Nov./Dec. 1995, reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism, Gale Publications, 1996; and The Path of Totality (a novella).

Professor Emeritus Howard Redmond established the Ada Redmond Readings in 1988 to commemorate his mother's love of literature and poetry. Since its inception, the series has brought some of the finest regional writers to the Whitworth campus, writers such as William Stafford, Ruth Kirk, Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo, Tess Gallagher, and Ceil Cleveland.


Douglas Sugano, professor of English, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4212 or dsugano@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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