Here is a fantastic talk from Nicholas Royle (Sussex), the first in the KiSS Shakespeare and the Uncanny series. He delves into duality of Shakespearean foreplay, touching on Freud, the Uncanny and ‘wordlife’ – as well as Romeo and Juliet and Antony and Cleopatra – with a rewarding attentiveness to the medium – words. This is interwoven with a study on the kiss, partially in tribute to the seminar.
Nicholas Royle has been Professor of English at the University of Sussex since 1999. He established the MA/PhD programme in Creative and Critical Writing in 2001 and is founding director of the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought. Royle has previously taught at the University of Stirling, Scotland (1992-9), the University of Tampere, Finland (1987-92) and at the University of Oxford (1981-87).
He has published many critical books and essays, as well as a novel and short fiction. His most recent critical works are: Veering: A Theory of Literature (2011), In Memory of Jacques Derrida (2009), How to Read Shakespeare (2005, new edition 2014). In addition, Royle has recently co-authored, with Andrew Bennett, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Fifth edition, 2016) and This Thing Called Literature (2015). His first novel, Quilt, was published in 2010. Royle is also an editor of the Oxford Literary Review, a journal with which he has been involved since the 1970s, and director of the app Quick Fictions.