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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Unruly Women: A Performance

9th July 2018, 18:15 to 19:30, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Daisy Black

Join Daisy Black at this free one-woman show that celebrates the gloriously and gleefully indecorous women of literature.

‘Unruly Women’ is a one-woman storytelling show performed by Dr Daisy Black, a Lecturer in English at Wolverhampton University. In this performance, Daisy presents an indecorous assortment of medieval tales from around Europe about women who gain the upper hand – or, occasionally, the upper arse. These are stories of sex, of disguise and deception, and of women finding creative, naughty and cunning ways to overcome the restrictions placed upon them by their gender and class. Interlacing medieval fabliaux and romance with bawdy folk songs, this one-woman performance pays homage to literature’s original ‘nasty women’. The performance lasts for one hour and is suitable for ages 13 and up.

The show is free and open to all, but please register your attendance.

This performance is being run in aid of Harbour refuges, County Durham, Registered Charity Number 1086897, 15 Whitburn Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7QR. Harbour works with families and individuals who have been affected by domestic violence, to provide the support and safety they need. You can read more about the work Harbour do here.

This event forms part of Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) postgraduate and early-career researcher conference on 9-10 July 2018. This conference is supported by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Institute of Advanced Study, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

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