Enter via the Sea: Shakespeare and Post-Seafaring Adventure

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November 18, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Literature, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Location: The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Date andTime: 18 November, 10.30 am - 11.30 am 

Anjna Chouhan investigates the presence of the sea in Shakespeare’s works and the extent to which it is used to represent adventure and opportunity as opposed to danger and threat. She proposes that characters who have survived the sea come not just to represent but to embody adventure within their play worlds. She will explore texts, characters and performance to interrogate the interpretation of the sea in Shakespeare’s works and determine the extent to which Shakespeare’s early modern conceptualisation of the sea correlates, or indeed overlaps, with our own cultural and literary understandings.

Anjna Chouhan is Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, where she teaches Shakespeare and his contemporaries to schools, universities and enthusiasts from around the world, and acts as dramaturge for the in-house performance teams. Anjna specialises in Shakespeare in the 19th century and edited the Pickering and Chatto sourcebook on Henry Irving for the Lives of Shakespearian Actors series (2012). Anjna is a Shakespeare consultant for the BBC, appearing on Great British Railway JourneysSongs of Praise, and acting as lead Shakespearian for their digital project, ShakespeareMe, which allows users to select emojis in order to generate a corresponding Shakespeare quotation. As well as working with Cambridge Schools Shakespeare, Digital Theatre, and the National Theatre, Anjna has contributed to Dorling Kindersley’s Shakespeare Book (2015) and has featured in Massive Open Online Courses with the RSC and British Council, respectively. She is currently co-devising the Shakespeare edition of Trivial Pursuit and developing the Shakespedia content on the Trust’s website.

All sessions are free but space is limited so to avoid disappointment you will need to book your seat prior to coming to the Museum.

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This talk is part of Lost in a Book Royal Museum Greenwich's first festival of stories. More information can be found here: