Shakespeare’s Originality


This year’s Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures will be delivered by Professor John Kerrigan of St John’s College, University of Cambridge. These lectures will be on the theme of ‘Shakespeare’s Originality’, and will be delivered on the first four Wednesdays of Michaelmas Term 2016.  This series of biennial lectures in honour of Professor Stanley Wells was established in 2008 by Oxford University Press and the Oxford English Faculty.

Shakespeare drew on many books — often word-for-word — when writing his plays, yet we think of him as creating a unique, dramatic world.  These lectures re-open the question of his use of sources (chronicles,
romances, the Bible, etc.), the better to understand his originality.

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  • Date: 12th, 19th, 26th October & 2nd November, 5.15pm
  • Location:

    Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1

  • Price: Free
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