The second of our Late Summer Lectures takes us back to the medieval period. Join Alexandra Claridge, Olivia Colquitt and Madelaine Smart as they explore medieval origin stories whose presentation of mythical beginnings and endings raises fundamental questions of sovereignty, legitimacy, and genealogy. All welcome to Alington House, Durham on 22nd August from 17.30. Alexandra begins with... Continue Reading →
Our Late Summer Lectures series is back in 2018, and begins by looking at how literature reflects trends and developments in wider culture and politics. In the first talk, Lara Ehrenfried will show how the advent of sound film influenced modernist writers. In the second, Arya Aryan identifies a new trend in writing as authors... Continue Reading →
Twenty-five years after the publication of Louis A. Sass's major work on Madness and Modernism, a one-day symposium at Durham University will reflect on and advance his findings. If you would like to present at the event, please submit abstracts by 29th March.Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature and Thought... Continue Reading →
Shakespeare’s fairies are international, minute, and associated with witches. Some surprising connections in Professor David Fuller’s post on the Between Worlds exhibition blog.
By Professor David Fuller, Emeritus Professor of English at Durham University
Fairies appear as characters in several of Shakespeare’s plays, most notably the comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this post, Professor David Fuller from the Department of English Studies at Durham University explores the role these fairies fulfil and their relationship to other characters from English folklore.
David Wright, Assistant Curator at Palace Green Library
Are Shakespeare’s fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream English or international, small or large, charming or sinister? They are, it seems, all of these.
They are international. Both Oberon, the fairy king, and Titania, his queen, are associated with India, from where, when the play begins, Oberon has just arrived. Titania, like a goddess, appears to have a cult there with priestesses – one of whom was the mother of a boy over whose possession the couple quarrel. But India is only one…
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Roll up, roll up! Come to Alington House, Durham, on 13th September and experience a real, working Victorian magic lantern. Join Phillip Roberts at our next Late Summer Lecture, as he explores how this invention lit up a new world of entertainment. ‘Times are changed, and all for the worser’. Henry Mayhew, the great investigative reporter,... Continue Reading →