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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00 am

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education will host its second faculty forum of the spring semester, "Shakespeare, Spies, and Vampires: The Ethics of Historical Fiction and Costume Drama," from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Lundeen Lecture Hall, 103 Doudna Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Terry Burns, English professor and chair of the humanities department at UW-P, will be presenting, and Dr. Amanda Tucker, assistant professor of English at UW-P, will respond.

Burns' presentation will explore what is meant by "historical fiction," the cultural values inherent in those definitions and look at several recent works that would be considered historical fiction if not for the central role played by vampires, witches, time-travelers, necromancers and other supernatural beings.

In the response portion of the forum, Tucker will discuss the ethics of reading historical fiction, including what is involved in ethical reading strategies and what it requires of readers.

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