Research Fellow to present talk on Renaissance Theatre at Watermill Theatre

Anthony (Tony) Harris, a Research Fellow of Clare Hall, will share a talk on Renaissance Theatre at the Watermill Theatre, Bagnor (near Newbury in Berkshire), next month. The talk will highlight playwrights beyond Shakespeare who were active during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and will raise funds for the theatre. 

Dr Harris has taught Renaissance Drama at Oxford, and Old and Middle English at Cambridge and Oxford. He read English Language and Literature at Oxford as a mature student, where he become interested in medieval literature and the application of the sciences to improve our understanding of early texts. Dr Harris then undertook an MA (Res) in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading, before reading for his Cambridge doctorate which focused on time, the medieval calendar, and the calculation of the date of Easter – a medieval science known as ‘computus’. His PhD analysed and described the mathematical ‘art’ of computus in a way designed to be helpful to scholars of the humanities.

The talk, titled ‘Renaissance Theatre – it’s not just about Shakespeare!’ will take place on Tuesday 5 April 2022 from 8.30pm.
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During summer 2022, Dr Harris will be a visiting academic at the University of Zürich. He will be researching with other academics in the department of Greek, Latin, and Philology, and will give a seminar to PhD students at the university on computus and the medieval calendar. For more details see:

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