Approaching The Winter's Tale: An Afternoon Symposium

Department: Shakespeare Center

Date and Time: August 15, 2018 | 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Event Location: Winifred Smith Hall, UCI (Arts Plaza)

Event Details


The Winter's Tale

2:00pm: Keynote lecture/demonstration

Ballading The Winter's Tale
Patricia Fumerton, professor of English, UCSB
Erik Bell, singer, with instrumentalist
English Broadside and Ballad Archive

This lecture will explore the role of ballads in The Winter's Tale and will demonstrate the art of the Renaissance ballad through live performance.

4:00pm: Panel presentation
Seth Lerer, UCSD
Sean Keilen, UCSC

The Winter's Tale will be performed at 8:00pm at the New Swan Theater. Purchase tickets separately.

About the Keynote Presentation
Ballading The Winter’s Tale

This lecture-performance demonstrates that Shakespeare almost obsessively in his plays explores the interrelationship between stage drama and the  broadside ballad. Consisting of text, illustration, and tune title printed on a single sheet, broadside ballads were aimed at all sectors of the populace, and could be passed around, gathered round, belted out communally, and posted up for all (or just a select few) to see. They were popular and protean, as we shall see in the role Shakespeare’s Autolycus plays within this lecture.

Shakespeare adopted snippets and whole stanzas of printed ballads in every play he wrote. Focusing on The Winter’s Tale, we will see and hear Shakespeare’s recognition that drama could both coopt and vie with broadside ballads. In the end, by comparison with this market competitor, he also recognized the limits of the theatrical stage.

This event made possible by the Nora Folkenflik Memorial Fund.

Free and open to the public.