Shakespeare and Science Fiction

8 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus

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Speaker: Professor Sarah Brown

Shakespeare and science fiction might seem poles apart. But there is a surprisingly widespread fascination with Shakespeare throughout the genre’s history. In Doctor Who, Shakespeare uses his poetic genius to thwart an alien invasion. In Star Trek it is suggested that the playwright may in fact have been an alien himself – a Klingon. In literary science fiction Shakespeare stays with humanity as we explore the stars – or face the final apocalypse. Thinking about exactly why and how Shakespeare has had such an impact of science fiction raises some fascinating questions about what it means to be human.

Event Details

8 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus
LAB 109 (Harvard)

No booking is required for this event.