Catherine Belsey – Philosophy or Theatre?


A one-day seminar hosted by the Department of English Royal Holloway, University of London

Event Date: Friday 28 May 2010

The aim of the seminar is to provide a forum in which to debate the validity and value of treating Shakespeare as a philosopher or his plays as forms of philosophical thought, and of bringing philosophical perspectives, past or present, to bear on his plays and poetry.

Professor Catherine Belsey (Swansea University) ‘Philosophy or Theatre?’

The project of reducing Shakespeare to a philosopher seems to me to join the prevailing thematic ways of reading, all of which tend to bypass critical questions concerning Shakespeare’s theatre. A more adventurous criticism might set out to replace approaches derived from other disciplines with a serious attempt to analyse the pleasures of fiction.

Catherine Belsey is Research Professor in English at Swansea University. Her books include Critical Practice (1980, 2002) and Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction (2002). She has also published Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden (1999), Why Shakespeare? (2007) and Shakespeare in Theory and Practice (2008).


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