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4th Denis Cosgrove Lecture -Shakespearean Landscapes Professor Stuart Elden

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The Centre for the GeoHumanities is delighted to announce that the fourth Denis Cosgrove Lecture will be given by Professor Stuart Elden (University of Warwick). Stuart’s lecture is entitled: ‘Shakespearean Landscapes’.

The lecture (doors 6.15 to start 6.30), and the drinks reception after it are free to attend, but please do book a place via this event brite site.

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This lecture explores how Shakespeare’s plays evoke a sense of landscape. Shakespeare’s grasp of specific geographies could be shaky, but his plays are rich with a range of geographical themes, language and detail. Shakespeare lived and wrote at a time of colonial exploration and saw the development of many cartographic, navigational and land-measuring techniques.

The lecture builds on the argument of my recent book, Shakespearean Territories, but explores a different yet related geographical theme – that of landscape. This is of course a theme which Denis Cosgrove examined so perceptively. The plays discussed will include some of Shakespeare’s most famous, such as Macbeth and King Lear, and lesser known ones including Timon of Athens.

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Stuart is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of books on territory, Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, and Henri Lefebvre. His most recent books are Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago Press 2018); and Canguilhem (Polity 2019). He is currently working of a study of the very early Foucault, ending with the process of writing the History of Madness.

Denis Cosgrove Lecture:

The Denis Cosgrove Lecture series is hosted by the Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities. It is named in honour of Professor Denis Cosgrove. Further details on the lecture series, the Centre and recordings of the previous lectures are available on the Centre website: www.geohumanitiesforum.org

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