by Misha Saeedpour
Students and Faculty gathered in the Bunch Multimedia Hall on Friday, February 22nd for the English Department’s second installation of the Spring Speakers Series. Inspired by her recent visit to the Cliffs of Dover, Dr. McDonald presented a reading of Shakespeare’s King Lear from a position on the Cliffs, also knows as Shakespeare’s Cliff. She spoke on the importance of Dover within the text, reflecting on scenes from Act IV and the way they interact with the way Shakespeare describes the lovely landscape of the cliffs. Dr. McDonald referred to the Cliffs of Dover once being a landing point for refugees who were crossing the English Channel, allowing the landscape to symbolize a place resilience and a shelter for outcasts within the text. Considered a regular attraction, the sights of Cliffs of Dover have influenced many other works of literature throughout a number of literary movements.
After the presentation, a short Q&A was held so students and faculty to ask further questions.