SWEM moves to Bath Spa: Upcoming talks

The South West Early Modernist Network has been relocated to Bath Spa University for 2008-9. The meetings are being jointly convened by Tracey Hill and Ian Gadd at Bath Spa University and Melanie Ord at UWE.

All the meetings will start at 6.30pm, at the Bath Spa Newton Park campus. Directions and a map of the campus are here. We will meet in the Castle, room CE.G01 on the ground floor (yes, a real castle!). The nearest car park is next to Newton building (see map); directions to Newton Park by public transport are also on the BSU website.

Next presentation

Wednesday 29th October: Dr Philip Schwyzer, University of Exeter, ‘ “The handsomest man in the room”: Remembering Richard III in Shakespeare’s England’.

Abstract: Who remembered Richard III in Shakespeare’s England – and how? This paper explores the reign of Richard III as an object of personal, communicative, and collective memory in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The years between Shakespeare’s birth in 1564 and the writing of his Richard III c. 1592 would have seen the deaths of the last individuals born before the battle of Bosworth. In this sense, the memory-work of Shakespeare’s play is predicated on the extinction of personal memory. Yet references to Richard’s reign from this period reveal an ongoing tension between history and memory, with traditions passed down within families or by “antient men” often at variance with the semi-official chronicle version. Moreover, there are a surprising number of accounts from this period of superannuated individuals, such as the Countess of Desmond and Thomas Parr, whose memories actually stretched back to the fifteenth century. This paper will consider the culture significance of these implausible tales, and what they suggest about early modern perceptions of the late medieval past and historical change.

Forthcoming presentations

Wednesday 19th November: Laurence Publicover, University of Bristol, ‘”His legs bestrid the ocean”: poetic geography in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and Massinger’s The Renegado’ (abstract to follow).

Wednesday 3rd December: Kate Ellis, Bath Spa University (title and abstract to follow).

Wine will be served after the papers.

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