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Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream: comedy and tragedy

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New College of the Humanities

19 Bedford Square

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Talk by Dr Daniel Swift
The Drawing Room, New College of the Humantities, 19 Bedford Square
Tea served from 5.15pm, talk starts at 5.45

These two plays, one of which is a tragedy and the other a comedy, form the two halves of a single idea. They were written by Shakespeare at the same time, and share many plot elements; one ends in tears and the other in laughter, and taken together they are a dramatic consideration of love and hatred, death and life. This will be an interactive lecture.

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Dr Swift is a Senior Lecturer in English at New College of the Humanities. He has a BA from Oxford and a PhD from Columbia University in New York. Dr Swift is the author of Bomber County (Hamish Hamilton, 2010) and Shakespeare’s Common Prayers (Oxford, 2012), and the editor of The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems of John Berryman (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014). His forthcoming book, The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics and Madness of Ezra Pound(Harvill Secker, 2017), is about Ezra Pound’s incarceration in St Elizabeths Hospital for the Insane in Washington, DC. Dr Swift has also written a chapter on ‘The Drama of the Liturgy’ for the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His reviews, essays, and profiles have appeared in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s, the Financial Times, the New Statesman, and the Spectator.

This event is part of Bedford Square Festival, for the full list of events please visit www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk

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