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School of the Arts Chamber Lecture Series: Prof Marcus Walsh
Thu 19 November 2015, 17:00 – 19:00 GMT
The School of the Arts is delighted to invite you to the next Liverpool Arts Lecture chamber series:
Emeritus Professor of English Literature
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of English
School of the Arts Library, 19 November, 5 pm
Mimesis and Understanding in Samuel Johnson’s Notes to The Plays of William Shakespeare (1765)
'Samuel Johnson’s 1765 edition of the dramatic works of Shakespeare, the founding ‘variorum’ Shakespeare, has always been best known for its great Preface, a masterful formulation of general mimetic theory and editorial method. Johnson’s running notes, accompanying the text of Shakespeare’s plays, have been less examined and less valued than the Preface, and have generally been considered to fall short of explanatory fullness or methodological coherence. In this talk I argue that Johnson’s 1765 Notes are the product of a consistent and carefully considered theoretical position on poetry in general and Shakespeare in particular, with important implications for our understanding not only of Johnson’s edition, but of the nature of literary writing and its relation to human life.'
Prof Marcus Walsh
Drinks and nibbles will be available.
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment:
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School of the Arts, 1st Floor Library - The University of Liverpool
19 Abercromby Square