Farewell to Books in Shakespeare’s The Tempest | A Bridge to the Classics

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Farewell to Books in Shakespeare’s The Tempest | A Bridge to the Classics

How does Shakespeare capture the delicate balance between a noble utopia and greedy modernity?

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National Library Building, Imagination & Possibility Rooms 100 Victoria Street Singapore, 188064 Singapore

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About the Programme:

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play, and many readers take the protagonist Prospero to be a self-portrait of the playwright himself. As the Bard bids farewell to the stage, Prospero at the end of the play drowns his books and abandons his magical arts. In many ways, this work stands as the threshold between the Renaissance and the modern age, between the dreams of humanism—recovery of the classics, discovery of the world, the elevation of the man—and its dark side—conquest, colonialism, and destruction of native cultures and ecologies. How does the play capture the delicate balance between a noble utopia and rapacious modernity?

About the Speaker:

Andrew Hui is Associate Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College, Singapore and author of The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature and The Theory of the Aphorism from Confucius to Twitter, translated into Spanish, with Chinese, Turkish, and Greek editions forthcoming. His book in progress, on real and imaginary libraries in the Renaissance, is under advanced contract from Princeton University Press.

He has been a fellow at the Warburg Institute in London, Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Florence, the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and, for the academic year 2023-2034, he will be a fellow at the Wissenshaftskolleg, Germany’s institute of advanced studies in Berlin. In 2019, he received the Young Researcher Award from NUS for faculty “whose work shows achievement and promise in extending the frontiers of knowledge in their respective fields.”

About A Bridge to the Classics:

Ever wanted to read a classic but felt too intimidated to take the plunge? A Bridge to the Classics is a lecture series that aims to introduce and demystify beloved works of literature. This series will equip attendees with the title’s literary and historical contexts and connect these classics to our lives today.

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