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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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‘Look, her lips. Look there, look there’: The Consequences of Kissing in Early Modern Tragedies

6th June 2017, 18:00, World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, Rachel Fennell, Department of English

We are all familiar with the image of the Sleeping Beauty being woken from her death-like slumber with a kiss from her true love, but in the Early Modern period kissing a slumbering corpse often had far darker connotations and even fatal consequences. This paper therefore seeks to briefly explore the motif of the corpse kiss in Early Modern tragedies, focusing on why the mouth -and in particular the lips- contained the power to cure or to kill.

This event is free to attend and open to all and you do not need to register your attendance. The seminar will begin at 6pm, with tea and biscuits from 5.40pm.

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