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17:30 - 18:30 23 June 2010

Thinking with Skulls in Holbein, Vesalius, Hamlet and Fuller


Fifth Floor Lecture Theatre | Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL (link Map)
183 Euston Road | London | NW1 2BE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Gail Kern Paster, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Professor Paster is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage (2004), The Idea of the City in the Age of Shakespeare (1986), and The Body Embarrassed: Drama and the Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England (1993), as well as the co-editor of the Bedford Books' Midsummer Night's Dream: Texts and Contexts (1998), editor of Thomas Middleton's 1607 comedy, Michaelmas Term (2000), and co-editor (with Mary Floyd-Wilson and Katherine A. Rowe) of Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays on Emotion (2004).

This lecture will use the new history of cognitive practice to revise our conventional understanding of the memento mori skull.

Professor Gail Paster is Director of Folger Shakespeare Library. She is also editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, the leading scholarly journal devoted to Shakespeare, published by Folger Shakespeare Library in association with The George Washington University, where she was a professor of English. Paster taught at George Washington from 1974 to 2002.

She has won many national fellowships and awards, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment from the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

Professor Paster has also been a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and served as its president in 2003 and earned a B.A. from Smith College and and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

NB: This event will be filmed so please be seated by 5:25pm.


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