As a member of the AWWA Research Cluster and on behalf of Lucian Waugh…

You are warmly invited to the third discussion of the Art Writing Writing Art group on Monday 10th June. The subject will be Ophelia, as she appears in Hamlet (1603-1623) by William Shakespeare and Ophelia (1851-1852) by John Everett Millais. Particularly what relationship (if any), the painting has with the text. The meeting will be held in the ground floor seminar room of the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at 4pm.

Elizabeth Siddal was the model for Sir John Ev...
Elizabeth Siddal was the model for Sir John Everett Millais’s Ophelia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our session, as ever, will be informal but hopefully thought provoking. All are very welcome!

No reading is required at all but it might be helpful to familiarise yourself with the scene in Hamlet where *Spoiler Alert*, Gertrude announces Ophelia’s Death (if you have the Second Quarto Text this is Act Four, Scene 7 from line 160; or in the First Folio Text is Act Four, Scene Three, from line 135; or the sprightly First Quarto Text it is Scene 15, from line 38). Plenty of perfectly good versions exist online. On the other hand if you have never read or seen Hamlet it would be most interesting to hear your tabula rasa thoughts about the painting. The image itself and a quick introduction is available on the Tate website (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/millais-ophelia-n01506). Finally anyone who owns the album In Rainbows by Radiohead may profit from listening to All I Need ahead of our discussion.

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