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 →
Do you get annoyed when people rustle their crisp packets or check their mobile phones in the theatre? If so you're probably not alone - but you might be surprised to learn that the convention that audiences should be quiet and not fidget is a relatively new one. Hannah Simpson invites us to think more carefully... Continue Reading →
You may not have heard of the anonymous play The Tragedy of Master Arden of Faversham, but when it was produced in 1592 it changed the face of theatre forever. In this Late Summer Lecture, Iman Sheeha will reveal how, suddenly, playwrights turned their attention away from tragedies about kings and nobles, towards tragedies involving ordinary men... Continue Reading →