Early Modern Exchanges


Magic, Milton and Medieval Dog Love! The UCL Festival of Culture 2018

04 June 2018–08 June 2018, 9:00 am–6:00 pm

UCL Festival of Culture 2018

UCL’s Festival of Culture returns this year with a packed programme of guided walks, talks, exhibitions, workshops and screenings. Below are a selection of the events on offer, focusing on those related to the early modern period:

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Institute of Advanced Studies
UCL, Gower St
United Kingdom

Monday 4th June

  • Miltonathon: Join students, staff, actors and literary celebrities for a communal, start-to-finish reading of Paradise Lost, as we bring the text alive to new audiences and established fans alike. 
  • Elizabeth I at 60:  Using portraits, literature, and eye-witness accounts from the period, this session will investigate how the ageing Queen was viewed by her contemporaries, and will ask: can we discover the truth of what Elizabeth was like at 60?

Tuesday 5th June

  • UCL Special Collections Present...: Book a free place online (timed slots available throughout the day and into the evening) and come face to face with exquisite treasures, curious documents and captivating tomes!
  • Magic and Medieval Literature: llusions, potions, demons … We are all familiar with clichés about magic. But where did these clichés come from? Why did they take the shape they did? And when did writers become interested in the subject of magic in the first place? 
  • Medieval Dog Love: Focusing especially on the motif’s associations with imagery of war and conflict, this lecture assesses the role of medieval dog love in articulating a politics of loss.

Wednesday 6th June

  • Shakespeare's Real Life: The talk considers ‘real life’ references in Shakespeare’s plays and poems and what, if anything, these reveal about him and his writing. 

Browse and book onto these and other events at www.ucl.ac.uk/festival-of-culture

Events are free and open to all. Bring your friends and family. We look forward to welcoming you onto campus.