Shakespeare and the Victorians

19 October 2016 1.00pm 1.40pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Professor of English Literature, Oxford


Janet Walwyn


When the tercentenary of Shakespeare's birth was celebrated in 1864, Robert Browning observed that he and his contemporaries had Shakespeare 'in our very bones and blood, our very selves'. In this talk, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores some of the ways in which the Victorians tried to keep Shakespeare alive in the nineteenth century: through theatrical revivals and literary allusions; through paintings and photographs; and especially through their fascination with the idea that, as Tennyson put it in his poem Vastness, 'the dead are not dead but alive'.


NOTE: the printed 'What's On' guide also lists the lecture, 'Performing Shakespeare: then and now' on this date. That lecture is next week, 26 October. Please see the event listing under that date. Apologies for the error.  


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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