Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Passions and the Performance of Shakespeare


The first meeting of the Faculty Reading Group in Performance will take place on Monday 3rd November, 4:00pm-5.30pm, in the Boardroom.

James Harriman-Smith, a member of the Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, will be giving a paper entitled: ‘Feeling between the Lines: The Passions and Performance of Shakespeare’. He will be focussing particularly on eighteenth-century theories of stage emotion.

The text for discussion will be: Hoxby, Blair, “What Was Tragedy? The World We Have Lost, 1550–1795.” Comparative Literature 64.1 (2012): 1–32.

The text is available on Moodle to members of Cambridge University. You can email Helen Murphy if you don’t already have access to Moodle, to be provided with a login to download the text.

(The Reading Group in Performance is termly meeting of like-minds, interested in questions regarding the situation of performance – dramatic, poetic or otherwise. Scholars are invited to gather around discussion of a text selected by a post-graduate or senior member of the Faculty, who will give a short paper introducing their interest in the topic.)

‘Young Milton’ wins Irene Samuel Award

The Milton Society of America has awarded its Irene Samuel Award (which recognises a distinguished multiauthor collection on Milton) to Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642 (Oxford: OUP, 2012), ed. Edward Jones. The collection features chapters by Christopher Tilmouth, a member of the Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, and Andrew Zurcher, another member of the English Faculty here at Cambridge. Congratulations to Christopher, Andrew, and everyone else involved with Young Milton.

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

14 October 2014 Sartorial conformity and non-conformity in the late eighteenth century
Amanda Vickery (Queen Mary, University of London)
Harrods Room, Emmanuel College

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm, at Emmanuel College, either in the Harrods Room or in the Gardner Room.

Future events:
20 Jan 2015 Antoine Lilti (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) on the invention of celebrity (Gardner Room)
24 Feb 2015 Emma Rothschild (Harvard) on microhistory (Harrods Room)
3 March 2015 John-Paul Ghobrial (Oxford) and Elizabeth Fowden (Cambridge) on Ottoman-European interactions (Gardner Room)
12 May 2015 Steven Pincus (Yale) on the state, finances and the British Empire (Gardner Room)