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.)

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