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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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IMEMS/CCS/USHAW Workshop: Catholicism, anti-Catholicism and theatre in the Tudor and Stuart era

22nd May 2019, 10:00 to 12:00, TH107 , Professor Alison Shell

In Protestant England, anti-Catholic polemicists equated popery with theatrical deception, and plays on the London stage routinely included evil Catholics. Yet theatre was intrinsic to the post-Reformation English Catholic experience too; many playwrights were Catholic for all or part of their lives, and drama figured prominently within the literary, visual and spiritual experiences of recusants and exiles. This workshop will begin by exploring Catholic involvement, and the representation of Catholics, within English drama of the Tudor and Stuart period.

About the Speaker:

Professor Alison Shell, UCL

Alison Shell was educated at the North London Collegiate School and Oxford University (B.A./M.A. and D.Phil.).

After a period as Rare Books Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Alison became a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCL between 1994 and 1997. Her first permanent academic post was at the University of Durham, where she worked between 1997 and 2010.

Alison is an editor for the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies’ series ‘Catholic and Recusant Texts in Early Modern England’. She reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, the Church Times and a number of academic journals.

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