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Tuesday Colloquium

Tuesday Colloquium
214 College St. 3rd Floor
Time: Mar 20th, 1:15 pm End: Mar 20th, 2:45 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Music, Faculty of , Law, Faculty of , History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 1500-1800
Two short talks on Shakespearean and Jacobean drama

Tuesday March 20, 2012
Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Seminar Room
214 College Street, 3rd flr,
(St. George St. entrance)
Light refreshments will be provided.
Dimitry Senyshyn: “Enter Pirates, Exit Pursued by a bear: Shakespeare and the ‘Mouldy Tales’ of Elizabethan Popular Romance”

Elizabethan popular romance, a genre that enjoyed its theatrical heyday in the 1570s and ’80s but remained a perennial favourite in print, was widely construed as ‘low brow’ by the literary cognoscenti in Shakespeare’s time and is generally thought to be inferior by contemporary critics. Nevertheless, this native tradition of prose and dramatic romance furnished Shakespeare with his principal sources for Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, and The Two Noble Kinsmen. I argue that Shakespeare figured his late tragicomedies as self-conscious adaptations of Elizabethan romance and capitalized on his audience’s presumed familiarity with his sources in order to interrogate their conventions and their assumptions about human experience. Focusing on Pericles and The Winter’s Tale, I will discuss some of the ways that Shakespeare manipulates his sources (and his audience’s expectations) in an attempt to show how these plays work to simultaneously query and revalue the tropes of romance, while implicitly blurring the distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ literary modes.

John Astington: "In the Jigging Vein: A New Jacobean Entertainment."

Not much is known about jigs, the afterpieces in English Renaissance theatre featuring music, dance, and rhyme, with a general reputation for being "low." The comprehensive scholarly book on the topic was published eighty years ago, and hasn't been superseded. In my paper I will unearth a jig from the Fortune playhouse, c.1610-12, presented as evidence in a lawsuit some years later.

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