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Literature Appreciation II: Shakespeare and the Supernatural
27th September 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 30th September 2022 @ 3:00 pm£245
Tutor: Hugh Parry
The plays range from Athens to Windsor, Ancient to Modern, Protestant to Catholic to pagan, urban to rural – all coloured by the different spiritual outlook of each and the kaleidoscopic nature of their cast, sceptical or credulous, pious or impious. We meet demons, fairies, ghosts and Olympian gods: omens loom; we practise astrology and visit oracles; dreams, visions and premonitions abound. Shakespeare was not a theologian but a story-teller and an explorer of the human psyche. In Hamlet’s old chestnut, ‘There are more things in Heaven & Earth’ than are dreamt of in anyone’s philosophy, and the spirit world impinges everywhere in the plays.
Hugh Parry has offered adult education classes in literature for over 30 years. Although loyal all his life to Shakespeare, he has over the years given courses on a diverse range of topics, including detective fiction, utopias, ghost stories, Cowper, Swift and R S Thomas.
The first Literature Appreciation event this year is from 12 – 14 April