In the first plenary of KiSSiT: Shakespearean Thresholds was given by Kate Aughterson with a paper entitled “‘I will tell you the beginning….’: Dramaturgy and Politics in Shakespeare’s Opening Scenes”. She explores the whole Shakespearean corpus looking at the beginnings of plays throughout his career contrasting them to contemporaries like Jonson, Webster, Middleton, Fletcher and Beaumont. The talk is chaired by Timo Uotinen and is followed by questions from the audience.
Dr Kate Aughterson is currently Academic Programme Leader for Literature, Media and Screen at Brighton University. She is the author of Renaissance Woman (1995), The English Renaissance: An Anthology of Documents (1998), John Webster: The Tragedies (2001) Aphra Behn: The Comedies (2003), and most recently Shakespeare: The Late Plays (2013) as well as articles on Bacon, Middleton, Behn and Marston. She has a forthcoming chapter on Behn’s adaptations of Middleton and Marston plays in the restoration in Aphra Behn: The Seventeenth-Century Contexts(Ashgate, 2017); one on seventeenth-century women poets’ use of the child-birth topoi; one on Shakespeare’s soliloquies in the late plays (for CUP) and is part of a collaborative enterprise of feminist scholars led by Professor Elaine Hobby who will be editing the complete works of Aphra Behn for Cambridge University Press. Kate will be editing Behn’s The Lucky Chance, andThe Revenge, should modern computational methods definitively identify it as Behn’s work. She taught art history at the City and Guilds of London Art school, and English literature at the University of Central England before moving to Brighton. Her interests focus on seventeenth-century drama, notably with regard to gender and literature, sexuality and literature, performance culture. Furthermore, she co-organised the Shakespeare and Education conference on April 29-30.