Posts Tagged ‘Lecture’

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The Text of Prof. Richard Wilson’s Inaugural Lecture

November 22, 2013

Richard Wilson

Anniversary Chair and Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies

 

“Sermons in Stones: Shakespeare’s dangerous thresholds”

October 30th, 2013

The sandstone megalith in front of Kingston’s Rose Theatre was described by John Speed in 1613 as ‘the chair of majesty whereon Athelstan, Edwin and Ethelred sate at their coronations and first received their Sceptre of Imperial Power’. Since it was moved to near its present position in 1850, the debates and legends this sarsen or ‘troublesome stone’ has accumulated say much about changing ideas of history and monarchy. But evidence that the ‘Coronation Stone’ originated in the Saxon chapel that stood beside the Market Place also places it at the threshold of contemporary theories regarding religion and politics, or what the philosopher Giorgio Agamben terms the separation of ‘the kingdom and the glory’. Interpreted in light of these, Kingston’s relic marks the theatrical dimension of power in a politics founded on consent, and the dangers Shakespeare dramatized attending every official entry or inauguration.

The pdf of Prof. Richard Wilson’s inaugural lecture can be now be downloaded here:

KINGSTON INAUGURAL

Find out about other Shakespeare lectures at the Rose here.

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Richard Wilson Inaugural Lecture next Wednesday

October 25, 2013

Richard Wilson

Anniversary Chair and Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies

 

“Sermons in Stones: Shakespeare’s dangerous thresholds”

The sandstone megalith in front of Kingston’s Rose Theatre was described by John Speed in 1613 as ‘the chair of majesty whereon Athelstan, Edwin and Ethelred sate at their coronations and first received their Sceptre of Imperial Power’. Since it was moved to near its present position in 1850, the debates and legends this sarsen or ‘troublesome stone’ has accumulated say much about changing ideas of history and monarchy. But evidence that the ‘Coronation Stone’ originated in the Saxon chapel that stood beside the Market Place also places it at the threshold of contemporary theories regarding religion and politics, or what the philosopher Giorgio Agamben terms the separation of ‘the kingdom and the glory’. Interpreted in light of these, Kingston’s relic marks the theatrical dimension of power in a politics founded on consent, and the dangers Shakespeare dramatized attending every official entry or inauguration.

Date: 30 October 2013, 5:30pm to
30 October 2013, 8:00pm
Location: Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street Kingston
KT1 1HL
Fee: Free but booking required
Booking: https://richardwilson.eventbrite.com

Find out more here.

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Spectres of Marlowe

June 11, 2011

Professor Richard Wilson (Cardiff University) lectured in Paris yesterday at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III.

His paper was entitled: 

“Spectres of Marlowe: Shakespeare’s Work of Mourning”

Visit their website here:

Séminaire : Renaissance(s)- IRIS

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British Academy Shakespeare Lecture (Audio)

May 29, 2011

Mind the Gap – Making Meaning in the Theatre

The 2011 British Academy Shakespeare Lecture by Professor Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford).  Introduced and chaired by Sir Brian Vickers (Institute of English Studies)

Drama, in Martin Meisel’s neat definition, is the ‘management of audience expectation’. This lecture will explore some of the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays cue and manage audience expectation, response, and understanding. Laurie Maguire will look at how audiences process plot and emotions, how they interpret character and language, and how Shakespeare and his contemporaries train audiences to ‘read’ plays. A key component of the lecture will be the changing status of character criticism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Considering Shakespeare’s characters as if they are real people with motivations has long been outlawed in academic circles; yet character remains a consistent point of entry for audiences. One aim of the lecture will be to effect a rapprochement between these two constituencies.

The audio can now be accessed here (in the right-hand panel).

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John Kerrigan: Wales-Ireland Research Seminar

February 21, 2011

(Monday, 21 February) at 5.15pm in Room 2.03 in the
Humanities Building, Cardiff University

Professor John Kerrigan (Cambridge University), will be giving a lecture
entitled ”’By Ieshu’ and ‘By Crish, La’: Binding Language in Shakespeare’s
Henry V”.

This is a Wales-Ireland Research Seminar/MEMORI joint event.

More info here.

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