Thursday 10 April, 12.30 pm. University Library lecture room, 4th floor.
This lecture will investigate the meaning of pilgrimage and examine its representation in Shakespeare’s plays, considering the impact of this predominantly medieval tradition when found in the work of a post-Reformation English playwright.
It will pay special attention to All’s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare’s tragicomedy in which the heroine, Helena, undertakes a pilgrimage to the shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela.
Prof. Helen Wilcox (Bangor, Wales) is an authority on Renaissance English literature. She was Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Groningen between 1991 and 2006.