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Book Launch ‘Shakespeare, Nostalgia, and Desiring the Future’

February 23 @ 17:30 - 18:30

On Shakespeare, Nostalgia, & Desiring the Future

By Dr. Kristine Johanson

This short talk on Shakespeare’s suspicion of nostalgia takes as its starting point the idea of a golden age. Via Ovid and the Elizabethan spin machine of iconography and court poetry, I then discuss the political significance of the Golden Age during the first decade of Shakespeare’s career. Finally, I turn to desire, that essential element of nostalgia and discourses of the idealized past. Examining Shakespeare’s plays, I show how he stages desire’s power to transform perceived past loss into future revolution.

PCH 1.04 17:30


February 23
17:30 - 18:30
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