13 Jun 2011 12:45pm - 2:00pm CRASSH


Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work-in-Progress seminar series.  All welcome, no registration necessary.  Sandwich lunch and refreshments provided.

   Dr Hester Lees-Jeffries (English, St Catharine's College)
   CRASSH Early Career Fellow Easter 2011
   Textile Shakespeare   
   Email: hmml2@cam.ac.uk



One of the aims of my study is to thicken the texture of critical engagement with early modern material culture. A close attention to textiles is a point of entry into the mentalité and distinctiveness of early modern literature. Such material is often found in commentary, but only rarely considered in a sustained way or integrated into larger discussions.


A further aim of ‘Textile Shakespeare’ is more conceptual. My recent teaching at the Victoria and Albert Museum has revealed differences in approaches to material culture between literary critics and social and art historians. There are tensions between preservation, display, reconstruction and re-enactment in museum culture which have suggestive parallels in Shakespearean criticism and performance.


I will combine close reading with attention to performance and historical context, and explore the slippage between the linguistic and the material upon which Shakespeare often plays.


About Hester Lees-Jeffries

Hester Lees-Jeffries teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature in Cambridge, where she is a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of English and a Fellow of St Catharine's College. Her first book, England's Helicon: Fountains in Early Modern Literature and Culture, is published by Oxford University Press. She is passionate about theatre and about teaching, and particularly enjoys introducing students to interdisciplinary methodologies.


To access the Readings for the Work in Progress seminar, please contact Michelle Maciejewska.

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