Time for Shakespeare | University of Oxford

Time for Shakespeare

Professor Tiffany Stern (English, Oxford University)
19:00
Museum of the History of Science
Broad Street
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3AZ

Basement Gallery

Lectures and seminars
Free
Yes
Recommended

Literally and figuratively, what was time for Shakespeare?
When the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet announces that the performance will last two hours, what does Shakespeare mean?
Professor Tiffany Stern (English, Oxford University) will explore hourglasses, sundials and mechanical clocks to consider the options for measuring time that were visible or audible in the early modern playhouse. Questioning what hours, minutes and seconds might have meant to a playwright in the 1500s and 1600s, Professor Stern examines how the art of describing time shaped Shakespeare's writing.
Doors open at 6.30pm.