Rare Bites: Shakespeare in Fragments

Get ready to explore the newly discovered folio leaves from Shakespeare’s iconic First and Second Folios at Fisher Library, with Professor Liam Semler and Associate Professor Huw Griffiths.

During the lockdowns of 2020, Rare and Special Collections Librarians discovered some loose folio leaves in the collection that appeared to be pages from a Shakespeare folio. Working with Professor Liam Semler and Associate Professor Huw Griffiths from English, they were quickly identified as coming from broken-up copies of Shakespeare’s first (1623) and second (1632) folios. While they are still undertaking work on these pages, Liam and Huw will take you through some of what they have discovered about these fascinating fragments.

All welcome!

Please note – this lecture is being filmed and the video will be available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Speaker Bios

Prof. Huw Griffiths

Professor Huw Griffiths is an Associate Professor of English Literature at The University of Sydney. His research interests lie in sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, with a focus on Shakespearean drama. Specific interests include: constructions of the early modern nation; sovereignty; Restoration and eighteenth-century adaptations of Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists; contemporary performances of Shakespeare plays.

Prof. Liam Semler

Liam Semler is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Sydney. He teaches, supervises and researches widely in early modern English literature. He was the director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre in 2012-13 and president of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association from 2009-13. Professor Semler has held visiting fellowships at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Corpus Christi College Cambridge, Oxford Brookes University, and the Universities of Nottingham, Warwick, Essex and Auckland.

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