A workshop on the reception of classical drama, the fate of Euripides' plays and Iphigenia at Aulis in early modern Europe.
Starts: Mar 12, 2014 2:00:00 PM
Sir Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens: Anglo-Dutch Science and Politics around 1688
Publication date: Feb 24, 2014 12:39:31 PM
Start: Mar 17, 2014 6:30:00 PM
Location: Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
Centre’s official launch will take place on Monday 17 March with a lecture by Professor Lisa Jardine.
Professor Jardine is the director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters and the Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects at UCL and her book Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory won the 2009 Cundill International Prize in History.
The lecture will be followed by a reception in the North Cloisters.
Please register for free tickets.
The Black Legend is the perception/theory that Spaniards are especially tyrannical, cruel, intolerant, lustful, and greedy. These powerful stereotypes prevent an accurate understanding of early modern and even contemporary Spain. This project seeks to study the Black Legend as an early modern cultural dialogue, one in which Spanish intellectuals saw foreign prejudices as challenges that they needed to answer. We will approach the Black Legend from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining literary studies with theories on nation building, propaganda, and identity formation in the period. In particular, we examine how the Black Legend influenced Spain's self-conception during the Golden Age: how did Golden Age Spanish writers receive these ideas and how did they use theatre to respond to them, how did commercial and court plays contribute to the process of nation building, and how did a nation like Spain, adapt, adopt and appropriate foreign perceptions to reshape its own self-image.