Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare and the Wandering Mind

The British Academy Lecture

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Thursday 10 May, 6.30pm

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It seems obvious that when we’re watching a Shakespeare play, we should pay attention. When our focus drifts, we risk missing something. However, philosophers and scientists have proposed that our minds do important work while they are wandering. This lecture in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Dr Raphael Lyne of the University of Cambridge will argue, with reference to Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V among others, that Shakespeare depicts interesting patterns of attentiveness within his works, and that at times he also creates the opportunity and even the need for the minds of audiences and readers to wander.