This talk will attempt rudimentary answers to large questions. How fully was printing and publishing developed in Shakespeare's lifetime? How well was Shakespeare educated and how wide was his reading? In what ways was his work informed and possibly inspired by some of his reading? Does it matter? The topic is suggested by some of my own reading in the process of researching for my current book, to be submitted for publication later this year: Shakespeare’s Maps: Place and Places in the Plays. Perhaps this talk should have been entitled “Shakespeare’s Reading” since the talk is partly about maps, some of which are there to be “read" and interpreted but are not necessarily contained in books. But let us not quibble.
About the Speaker
Chris Wortham is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in this university. He is also currently Professor of Theatre Studies and English Literature at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. He has participated in the publication of several scholarly editions of literary texts and a number of collections of critical essays, some of them in association with the UWA Press. He has a special interest in medieval and early modern literature, history and culture. He was founding President of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group and is a former President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Shakespeare's Books, presented by Christopher Wortham
Tuesday 9th May 2017, 7:30pm
Reid Library, Second Floor Conference Room
Doors open 7pm, talk commences 7:30pm Cost: $5 donation (Free for Friends of the Library Members)
Folger Library copy work. Portrait of Shakespeare
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