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The Tempest: Dr Gary Day

"The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play. It sparkles with magic and shines with wonder. There is beauty and the beast, the ethereal and the grotesque and, of course, love. It is a play strong on redemption and self-knowledge. And, since it is generally regarded as Shakespeare’s farewell to the theatre, it also has a special poignancy. In addition to examining all these different aspects of the play, we will look at its relation to Shakespeare’s dramatic ouevre. Is it a summation of his work or does it hint at new territories to be explored? Finally, we need to place The Tempest in its historical moment, for it is based on an actual incident. Join me to find out more. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan."