SAM Seminar: Nietzsche’s Shakespeare

When:23 May 2014, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Robert Webster building, lecture theatre 327
Who:School of the Arts & Media
SAM Seminar - Holbrook

Peter Holbrook, University of Queensland

In this presentation, I suggest that Nietzsche’s engagement with Shakespeare was extensive and insightful and that the philosopher had a profound kinship with the dramatist. The reason for this affinity is that, ultimately, Nietzsche's own thinking is fundamentally dramatic: notions of character, situation, action are basic to the way he conceives human experience and philosophy itself. The lecture attempts to give a broad overview of Nietzsche’s complex, and sometimes ambivalent, relationship to Shakespeare.

Peter Holbrook is Professor of Shakespeare and English Renaissance Literature at the University of Queensland, Australia, and Director of the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800). He is the author of Shakespeare’s Individualism (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Literature and Degree in Renaissance England: Nashe, Bourgeois Tragedy, Shakespeare (University of Delaware Press, 1994), and co-editor, with David Bevington, of The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

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