Something Wicked This Way Comes: Macbeth Re-Imagined

Margery Marcus
Arts & Letters / Drama

Course Description

Shakespeare’s Macbeth has enthralled audiences for centuries with its winning combination of witches, enigmatic prophecies, and bloodletting by larger than life characters. This presentation examines the colorful history and re-imagining of the play by writers who see in Macbeth a relevant cautionary tale. Dr. Marcus discusses several critically acclaimed film versions including Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957) transporting Macbeth to feudal Japan, and Men of Respect (1990), casting the lead as a Mafia boss. Included in the program is a discussion of Norwegian noir writer Jo Nesbo's novel Macbeth portraying the title character as a SWAT team leader looking to advance his career, and TV’s House of Cards, depicting an unscrupulous politician who usurps the Presidency. Dr. Marcus’s lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and a handout of reading and viewing recommendations.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Margery Marcus, an award winning English teacher, retired from Broward County Public Schools after a long and successful career, both as a district-level administrator and as a teacher. She has taught English at every grade level from middle school through graduate school, currently focusing on lecturing to adult audiences. Her career has been guided by a deep love of learning, and a passion for literature ignited when she read the very first page of Charlotte’s Web as a child. Her enthusiasm for sharing great stories told by great writers motivates her to bring literature to life for her audiences. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of New Jersey, a Master’s in Education from The University of North Carolina and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southern University.

Upcoming programs presented by Margery Marcus.

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One-Time WPL01073D Margery Marcus Divine Justice: The Clerical Detective Novel
Tuesday, January 7: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
One-Time SPL04022 Margery Marcus Censored Cinema: The Hollywood Production Code
Thursday, April 2: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm