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Giving the Shakespeare Women a History

August’s Research Conversation

Exploring the lives of Anne Shakespeare and her daughters

Join us every month for our free online Research Conversations. Taking place on Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month, our Research Conversations provide you with the opportunity to attend free, online live sessions and listen to people who are engaged in Shakespeare-related research.

On the anniversary of Hamnet Shakespeare's burial, we meet to mark the publication of three new entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Anne Shakespeare and Judith Quiney by Katherine Scheil, and Susanna Hall by Paul Edmondson. Subjects are admitted into the ODNB according to their ‘historical significance’, but how have these criteria changed over time? Are Anne, Susanna and Judith of interest only in connection to Shakespeare, or do they have their own significance? How do their entries relate to the broader context of women in the ODNB? Should the criteria for the inclusion of early-modern men be the same for early-modern women? What instructions are given to ODNB authors? How might we imagine the future of the ODNB?

With Dr Anders Ingram, University of Oxford, and Professor Katherine Scheil, University of Minnesota.

The event begins with a 30-minute presentation and will be followed by an open discussion.

Please note this is an online event held on Zoom.


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