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Shakespeare’s Shaming Gestures

Monday, 3 February 2020, 10 – 11am

Shakespeare’s Shaming Gestures

A discussion led by Dr Miranda Fay Thomas (Drama) as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum.

This talk explores how provocative gestures in Shakespearean drama embody shame in both the Renaissance period and modern performance. Using examples from a number of plays, it shows how Shakespeare’s understanding of shame and humiliation is rooted in gender politics and performance anxiety, explaining how theatrical gestures can create dramatic tension in a way that words alone cannot.

Dr Miranda Fay Thomas is Asst Prof in Drama at Trinity, joining the department last summer. She is an early modernist interested in text, performance, and adaptation, often using the focus of gender and accessibility. She has just finished editing The Tempest for Arden Performance Editions, and her next project will be editing The Taming of A Shrew for the New Oxford Shakespeare. Her talk this morning is based on her first monograph, Shakespeare’s Body Language, which came out last year with Arden.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Faculty & Staff
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Ruth Barton

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