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‘Nature’s Fragile Vessel’: Journal article by @DrJ_Gregory

August 4, 2017

My journal article on ‘”Nature’s Fragile Vessel”: Rethinking approaches to material culture in literature’ has been published this week ‘Online First’ and will be in the next issue of Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies.

Abstract

The notion of fragility is a pervasive one in Western culture. Considering its appearance in early modern texts can help us to understand the history of fragility, as an idea, metaphor and feeling. The relationship between humans and breakable things is used as a metaphor that recognizes human limitations in body or mind. This essay begins with one peculiar instance of fragility from Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens before analysing other examples in early modern culture. It ends by making a few tentative propositions regarding the relationships between literature, material culture and the representations of human fragility.

Read the article (open access)

As well as reading the one instance in Shakespeare’s work where the word ‘fragile’ is used, the essay considers other early modern writing and paintings. I’m especially interested in the way that people are described in literature as being fragile like an object, whether that object is a ship at sea, or a fragile vase on the edge of a table.

The essay is partly me working out my next steps in this area for a larger project, as well as being an attempt to negotiate the scholarly field as it relates to material culture and object-studies, the idea of the human, and the (now, not so recent) turn to the study of literature and the emotions. It seems to me that these three areas are highly contested and fraught with different priorities, perspectives, and concerns; but these three interdisciplinary research foci still have huge potential in terms of developing new research methodologies, research impact (outside of academia), and, of course, thinking about our engagement with literature.

I’d welcome any comments. My contact details are on my profile page.

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Shakespeare and Theory: Special Issue II (Published in English Studies)

November 13, 2013

Shakespeare and Theory: Special Issue II

Guest Editors: François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory

The latest issue of English Studies is a special issue on Shakespeare and Theory.

The first issue (94.3, 2013)

The second issue (94.7, 2013)

Contents of the Second Issue

Listening to the Body …: Transitioning to Shakespeare and Theory (Special Issue II)

François-Xavier Gleyzon (University of Central Florida) and

Johann Gregory (Cardiff University)

Performing Disability and Theorizing Deformity

Katherine Schaap Williams (Rutgers University)

Ship of Fools: Foucault and the Shakespeareans

Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

“Untimely Ripp’d”: On Natality, Sovereignty and Unbearable Life

Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University)

Syllogisms and Tears in Timon of Athens

Drew Daniel (Johns Hopkins University)

Opening the Sacred Body or the Profaned Host in The Merchant of Venice

François-Xavier Gleyzon (University of Central Florida)

Download Shakespeare & Theory Special Issue II Poster pdf

 

For more information about the first issue, click here.

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Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens in Cardiff tomorrow at Cineworld

October 31, 2012

‘Simon Russell Beale takes the lead role in this new production of Shakespeare’s tale of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin. Wealthy and generous to a fault, Athenian gentleman Timon is a bon viveur, a patron of the arts and a personal friend of the rich and powerful. He throws great banquets, supports struggling artists and cares deeply about the welfare of his servants. Naturally, this attracts a retinue of sycophants and freeloaders. But such is Timon’s extravagant munificence that it’s not long before his coffers are empty. Reassuring his loyal steward that all will be well, he appeals to his former associates for help. But each in turn rejects him. Left hanging out to dry, Timon organises a final vengeful banquet before withdrawing to a literal and emotional wasteland. NT Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner’s eagerly anticipated production casts Simon Russell Beale – “the greatest stage actor of his generation” (The Independent) – in the title role.’

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