Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Public lecture: “Shakespeare’s Sources and the Boole Library’s Resources”

To commemorate Shakespeare 400, For Culture Night. Dr Edel Semple (School of English) will explore the books that inspired his greatest works. The talk will be illustrated using examples from the Library’s Special Collections.

UCC’s School of English and the Boole Library Special Collections invites you to discover the texts that inspired William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. This illustrated talk will explore Shakespeare’s use of his sources and offer an insight into book history using the Library’s rare, early printed books. A range of texts will be examined from the history book the Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland by Holinshed that Shakespeare consulted for Richard II and Henry V, to The Discovery of Witchcraft which influenced Macbeth, to John Lyly’s comedies that inspired Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. The talk is part of the British Council “Shakespeare Lives” programme that commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the “Cervantes ‘Prince of Wits’ (1616-2016): Life, Work Legacy” exhibition in the Library.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Research Skills Room (level Q-1), Boole Library
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Edel Semple

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