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O’Quinn to Deliver the 4th Annual Humanities Lecture

On Monday, February 22, 2016, at 3:30pm, Daniel O’Quinn will deliver the 4th Annual Humanities lecture entitled “Shylocks: Anti-Semitism, Pugilism and the Repertoire of Theatrical Violence.”

O’Quinn tracks the career of the great eighteenth-century Jewish fighter Daniel Mendoza, the “Star of Jerusalem,” and his triumphs over the conspicuously English boxer Richard Humphries both before and after the French Revolution. The lecture explores the degree to which Mendoza’s acts were both conditioned by and aimed at ethnic stereotypes found on the Georgian stage. In startling ways, Mendoza was locked in endless rounds with Shakespeare’s Shylock himself.

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