Join Professor Michael Brennan (School of English) and Dr Mark Westgarth (School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies) for a talk which focuses on two fascinating areas of Shakespeare studies.
The first part of this talk focuses on the ways in which we 'read' Shakespeare today. Drawing on the first four folios, on display in For All Time: Shakespeare in Yorkshire and, now little read, contemporary authors, such as John Bale, Edward Hall, Thomas More or Michael Drayton this talk will look at the interesting ways of enhancing our understanding of Shakespeare's approaches to history, tragedy and comedy. The work of later generations, including Nahum Tate, John Dryden and David Garrick, will also be considered, looking at how they interpreted Shakespeare for their own days.
The second part of this talk focuses on the collecting of objects associated with Shakespeare. The practices of collecting Shakespearian memorabilia began in the 18th century and expanded during the 19th century when Shakespearian 'relics' and objects associated with The Bard appeared on the art market with increasing frequency. From objects made from the wood from the famous 'Mulberry Tree' which was felled in Shakespeare's garden in 1756, to Shakespearian chairs, rings and locks of his hair, this talk explores the history of interest in these, often highly dubious Shakespearian 'relics'.