Freetown-on-Avon: David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769 (Public Lecture, 19th February)

Robin Dix memorial lecture posterThe annual Robin Dix Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Ewan Fernie on 19th February, at 6.00 in St Chad’s College Chapel.

Professor Ewan Fernie is the Chair of Shakespeare Studies and Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He writes that “As a critic, I’m about opening up and analysing the life there is in Shakespeare and other literature. This involves thinking about the ways verbal and dramatic art constitute sensuous,  ethical and even spiritual experience.” His latest book is The Demonic: Literature and Experience. This links demonic to psychological, sexual and more positive religious experience and seeks a more experientially honest and intense way of doing and writing criticism.  He is also the author of Shame in Shakespeare.

The annual Robin Dix memorial lecture commemorates the life and work of a Lecturer in the Department of English Studies, Dr Robin Dix (1956-2007). Dr Dix was a specialist in eighteenth-century writing and thought, particularly the writings of Mark Akenside, the Newcastle physician and poet. Previous memorial lectures have been delivered by Professor Nicholas Roe (University of St Andrews) and Emeritus Professor Andrew Sanders (Durham University).

All are welcome to this free public lecture. For further information contact Dr Gillian Skinner (


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