Memorialising Shakespeare: the First Folio and other elegies | University of Oxford

Memorialising Shakespeare: the First Folio and other elegies

Emma Smith, Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford
13:00 - 14:00
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG

Lecture Theatre

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Ben Jonson wrote in 1623 that Shakespeare 'art a Moniment, without a tombe/ And art alive still, while thy Booke doth live'. Centuries later Jorge Luis Borges observed that 'when writers die, they become books', adding, 'which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation'. This lecture considers Shakespeare's First Folio as a literary memorial to Shakespeare, alongside other elegies, epitaphs and responses to the playwright's death.