Sidelights on Shakespeare
Sidelights on Shakespeare - an Interdisciplinary Seminar Series.
All staff and student members welcome.
Dates for your diary:
Thursday 15th October, Professor Gary Watt (Warwick Law School)
Tuesday 3rd November, Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography (Warwick).
Thursday 21st January 2016, Dr Alice Leonard, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
March 2016, Dr Velda Elliot, University of Oxford.
Happy 5th Birthday Sidelights on Shakespeare!
Many thanks to all of you who have made Sidelights on Shakespeare possible over the past five years. In particular we must mention:
Dr Catherine Alexander (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham); Professor Jonathan Bate (Warwick); Thomasin Bailey (Co-organizer); Dr Paul Botley (Warwick) ; Dr Hannah Grainger-Clemson (Editor, Exchanges Journal); John Curtis (Barrister); Susan Dibben (Humanities Research Centre); Andrew Dickson (The Guardian); Professor Thomas Docherty (Warwick); Professor Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham); Professor Tony Howard (Warwick); Alice Leonard (Co-founder); Dr Peter Kirwan (Nottingham) co-founder; Dr Raphael Lyne (Cambridge); Anna Marsland (RSC); Professor Jonothan Neelands (Institute of Education, Warwick); Dr Sarah Olive (York); Dr Paul Prescott (Warwick); Emma Poltrack (Co-organizer) Dr Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham); Stephanie Tillotson (Co-organizer) ;Professor Gary Watt (School of Law, Warwick).
Autumn Term 2015
Thursday 15th October, Professor Gary Watt (Warwick Law School).
Our first ever Sidelights on Shakespeare speaker, Professor Gary Watt, is returning, this time to speak on ‘Shakespeare’s Testamentary Performance’.
A winner of national prizes for teaching, Gary will draw on many years’ experience delivering rhetoric workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company in order to demonstate that Shakespeare is playful with legal technicality rather than obedient to it. Gary will demonstrate how Shakespeare transformed manual book rhetoric into powerful drama through a stirring combination of word, metre, movement and physical stage material, producing a mode of performance that was truly testamentary in its power to engage the witnessing public.
Building on monographs on law and literature, law and dress, and the co-edited collection ‘Shakespeare and the Law’, Gary’s presentation will offer thoughts from his new work Shakespeare’s Acts of Will: Law, Testament and Properties of Performance, to be published by Bloomsbury (The Arden Shakespeare) in 2016 on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s will.
Originally given as a Sidelights on Shakespeare seminar, February 2014, Dr Catherine Alexander's paper 'Shakespeare and War' has become the most downloaded article from Exchanges, the Warwick University on-line journal, with over 500 downloads.
Dedicated to the research work of Sidelights on Shakespeare, the themed section is still available on-line. Follow the link below to find articles by past speakers John Curtis, Cath Alexander and co-organizer, Stephanie Tillotson.
'Sidelights on Shakespeare' has been running at Warwick University since 2010 and its roll of excellent speakers is developing into a who's who of contemporary Shakespeare scholarship. Our objective: constantly to search out, and bring to wider attention, innovative and interesting perpectives on all things Shakespeare.
'Sidelights on Shakespeare' exists to embrace the plurality of Shakespeare(s), both historical and contemporary. Each year our aim is to offer unusual and thought-provoking approaches, presented by scholars working in a diverse range of faculties, disciplines and theoretical fields. Through sideways explorations of the ways in which aspects of Shakespeare are interpreted, packaged, enlisted and attacked, the series identifies what it is that continues to make Shakespeare culturally so important.
If you are interested in helping organize the future of Sidelights on Shakespeare, we would be delighted to hear from you.Contact:
S dot A dot Tillotson at warwick dot ac dot ukThomasin Bailey:
Thomasin dot Bailey at warwick dot ac dot uk