Monthly Archives: April 2016

Shakespeare in Paris: lectures to mark 400 years since the bard’s death

Shakey picasso

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

David Ellis

Professor Emeritus, University of Kent School of English

The Sad Tale of Shakespeare Biography

We know desperately little about Shakespeare’s life and what we do know has been in the public domain for a long time. In this lecture, David Ellis demonstrates some of the methods biographers use for overcoming these disadvantages and explores how academics try to make bricks without straw.
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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Professor Karen Newman

Owen Walker ’33 Professor of Humanities and
Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Brown University

Shakespeare Celebrated: Souvenirs du Théâtre Anglais à Paris

This lecture is about the visit of English Shakespearean actors to Paris in 1827 where they played, first at Odéon, than at Favart, for ten months, performing Shakespeare in English. The commemorative programme reflected French/English rivalries at the time.

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Grande Salle, Reid Hall

4, rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris

Free and open to the public

Paris students organise end-of-term dinner cruise

The University of Kent’s Paris Graduate Union organised a farewell dinner cruise on the River Seine on Friday 8 April 2016. A total of 27 students and guests were welcomed on board by student leaders and University of Kent, Paris director Peter Brown. Participants enjoyed full French fare as they took in some of the world’s most iconic views.




Yelena Moskovich Leads a Night Walk in Paris

Yelena Moskovich, whose recent debut novel The Natashas has been earning stellar reviews across Europe, visited Kent MA students as part of Paris: The Residency, a Kent module in Creative Writing. Led by Moskovich and instructor Adam Biles, the evening began at Shakespeare and Company for a reading and discussion of her book. It continued on the Place de Notre Dame, where students practised ’embodying’ pedestrians, discreetly imitating their gait and movements as the basis for developing fictional characters. On the Quai de la Tournelle, students focused on their sense of hearing, alternatively listening to and writing the Parisian soundscape.

Olivia Rosenthal, one of the Paris MA students in Creative Writing, commented: ‘We saw places by night that we might have missed by day. We were definitely out of our comfort zone some of the time. Yelena has a background in acting and that helped us to see character from a new angle. It was challenging and fulfilling to try and be somebody else.’


Yelena Moskovich (pictured) is the keynote speaker at the MA conference on Motion at Reid Hall, Kent’s base in Paris, on Monday 6 June — part of a week-long MA festival. Click here for further details.

The Guardian’s review of The Natashas is available here.