In Conversation: Elizabeth I: The First Political Diva
Past event archive
31 October 2013, 19:00-20:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
- Late Shift
Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
Elisabeth Bronfen, Professor in the English Department of the University of Zurich, and Barbara Straumann, lecturer at the same institution, have co-authored Die Diva: Eine Geschichte der Bewunderung (The Diva: A History of Admiration, Schirmer/Mosel, 2002) and are now collaborating on a book-length study discussing Elizabeth I as the first political diva. By reading the Renaissance queen as an early modern version of celebrity culture, they explore not only the ways in which her body circulated as a sign for political power but also the ways in which she was produced as a vibrant catalyst for a myriad of resilient recyclings that combine historical re-imagination with contemporary concerns. Their talk revisits the portraits via a selection of cinematic representations, providing a reading of these early modern paintings through the lens of their refigurations in (post)modern culture.
Bronfen and Straumann work in the area of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, film, gender, psychoanalysis and visual culture. Bronfen’s most recent book publications include a cultural history of the night, an introduction to the writings of Stanley Cavell and a book on Hollywood and war. Straumann has published a book on exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov and is currently completing a monograph on female performer voices in Anglo-American fiction.
As part of Elizabeth I & Her People exhibition