A Sea of Troubles: Shakespeare’s Narratives of the Sea

A Sea of Troubles: Shakespeare’s Narratives of the Sea

This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 27th Apr 2021

 Free

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This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

English theatre of the late 1500s and early 1600s had to be ‘relevant’, not least because there was fierce competition for audiences amongst playhouses. William Shakespeare’s work was no exception, often making references to debates about contemporary issues such as taxation, monarchy and land ownership. He was also writing at a time of major maritime expansion and exploration, which is reflected in many of his plays. These are full of the language of the sea and characters associated with it.

What does Shakespeare reveal about early-modern attitudes towards the maritime world? How did his approach to the sea grow and shift during this career? What did the sea actually represent on stage?

In this free online talk, Dr Chouhan will examine the famous playwright’s often contradictory narratives of the sea. Using Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice as starting points, it will explore what the sea meant to Elizabethan and early Jacobean audience members, whether this was opportunity, adventure, trouble or danger.

This event is free and open to everyone, and will take place via Zoom. There is no need to book; please click on the button below shortly before 5.15pm on the day.


Contact and Booking Details

This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 27th Apr 2021

 Free

Booking details and information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

2021-04-27 2021-04-27 Europe/London A Sea of Troubles: Shakespeare’s Narratives of the Sea Dr Anjna Chouhan examines Shakespeare’s contradictory narratives of the sea. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/04/27/a-sea-of-troubles-shakespeares-narratives-of-the-sea-255664 ,,,

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

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