São Paulo Law School's professor makes an analysis of Shakespeare's ?Romeo and Juliet?

21 June 2013

For the Arts and Law professor at São Paulo Law School (DIREITO GV) and author of the book ?Unstable world - Social Transformation and political theory in Shakespeare?, José Garcez Ghirardi, William Shakespeare's ?Romeo and Juliet? work brings a new element to the moment it was written: breaking old institutional and symbolic foundations. Garcez shared this analysis during the first meeting of the cycle of lectures ?Love and Politics in Shakespeare?, held at Teatro Eva Herz, Livraria Cultura, São Paulo - Brazil, on June 8th.

He states that Romeo and Juliet were within a medieval context where family names set the rules at the same time when the private and individual, and fulfilling desires began to surpass old habits. ?In other words, it was the transition from a symbolic medieval framework to a typical modern framework and the world as we know it?, explains the professor.

However, José Garcez Ghirardi also highlights that, as it happens in dramas and comedies, the order needs to be reestablished. And it is only possible by destroying the new order, which is symbolically related to the death of the Romeo and Juliet couple.

Other plays like ?Much Ado About Nothing?, ?Macbeth? and ?Hamlet? will be analyzed on July 6th, August 17th and September 14th, respectively. The event always takes place at 11am at Livraria Cultura.

The cycle of lectures ?Love and Politics in Shakespeare? is run by the São Paulo Lawyers Association, and is part of the Pauliceia Literária 2013 festival.


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