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English Seminar: Debt and doorways in Renaissance comedy

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Cultural and material histories now enjoy much greater explanatory currency, as far as English drama goes, than older formalistic studies of source, influence and genre. Linking ‘debt’ and ‘doorways’, Professor Lorna Hutson (Merton College, Oxford) will argue in this talk for a formalistic element in Renaissance comedy’s preoccupation with plots of debt, a link between the conjectural uncertainty of the time of owing, and the imaginative power of off-stage space, the space hidden behind the door. English drama, far from rejecting neoclassicism, she argues, embraces the imaginative power of conjectured, off-stage scenes, or scenes behind closed doors, but has to purge these of some of their libidinal and prodigal associations. The talk will look at debt and doorways in Plautus, Ariosto and Shakespeare.
Presenter
School of English
Type
Seminar
Open to
All staff and students, Public
Date
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Time
5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Where
Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall
Contact
Laura Mackintosh
Email
lah14@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/english/newsandevents
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