Public lecture: “From William Shakespeare to David Cameron: A Cultural History of the Pig” at University of Ulster

“From William Shakespeare to David Cameron: A Cultural History of the Pig” by Dr Kevin De Ornellas. 

Wednesday 27 April, 2016  –  2pm to 3.30pm

University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus, Room U213.

A public lecture delivered as part of the British Council’s ‘Shakespeare Lives’ programme.


Dr De Ornellas is a known authority on Renaissance and Modern Drama and is an internationally recognised scholar of the role of animals in literature. This seminar will celebrate his recent appointment to the Management Committee of the Riverside Theatre, the glowing reviews of his book, The Horse in Early Modern England (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013), and will mark the start of his new project: a cultural history of the pig.

The session will take place almost 400 years to the day that Shakespeare was interred. This will be commemorated by the following events. There will be a brief talk by Frank Reynolds of the Ulster University Library: he will show a small sample of the rich variety of early printed books in the Library and will reflect on the impact of the Library’s ongoing “Shakespeare” exhibition. Student Michael Way will read a short piece about the perennial impact of Shakespeare on our language. And, marking the sad death of Sir Arnold Wesker this month, three students – Brendán Brennan, John Kavanagh and Megan Shaw – will read short extracts from Wesker’s irreverent, anti-Shakespeare play, Shylock. The session will be chaired by Dr Frank Ferguson. All are welcome.

For further information, contact Dr De Ornellas at UU.


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