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‘Last Scene of All’: Death, Dying, and the Dead on Stage

Thursday, March 15, 2018 (All day)
Radcliffe Humanities & St Catherine's College, Oxford


Dr Jessica Goodman (Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow in French) is hosting a conference on ‘Last Scene of All’: Death, Dying, and the Dead on Stage'.

This conference will bring together researchers working on death, dying and the dead on stage, across different countries, genres and time periods, in order to explore the many ways in which the ‘last scene of all’; common to all cultures and individuals, is depicted, negotiated and exploited by writers and practitioners in that very human, bodily form that is theatrical performance.

The topics to be explored range from the theoretical, to the literary, to the intensely practical. They include: the visual rhetoric of onstage death, the function of the ghost in different theatrical contexts, death and theatrical celebrity, suicide in fin de siècle England, corpses in early modern France, operatic deaths, the (un)performability of death, and theatre’s own capacity to bring the dead back, night after night.

Confirmed speakers include Cecilia Feilla and Fiona Macintosh. This conference builds on an event run in the French sub-faculty in 2017, entitled ‘Whither Death?

Further details will be available soon.

The conference is kindly supported by the MHRA and TORCH (Theatre and Performance Network, and Humanities & Identities strand).













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Jessica Goodman
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