Nathaniel Merriman's lecture: "On the study of Shakspeare"

Wright, L.S. (2008) Nathaniel Merriman's lecture: "On the study of Shakspeare". Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 20 . pp. 39-61. ISSN 1011-582X




Nathaniel Merriman’s lectures on Shakespeare were published in 1857 and 1858. The first, “On the Study of Shakspeare,” was delivered in the Court House, Grahamstown on the 2nd September 1857 to an audience of more than four hundred and fifty people. The second, “Shakspeare, as Bearing on English History,” was given in the same venue two months later, on Friday, 6 November 1857, and was also well attended. The lectures were published under the auspices of the Committee of “The General Institute,” which sponsored the lectures, and printed at the Anglo-African Office in the High Street. The two lectures and their context are little known in Shakespeare studies because the original pamphlets are rare. The first lecture appears in Mendelssohn’s South African Bibliography (1910), while the second is picked up only in the 1979 revision of that work. Copies of “On the Study of Shakspeare” are held by the Mendelssohn Library in the Library of Parliament, Cape Town; by The South African Library, Cape Town; and in the Oppenheimer Collection, Johannesburg. Copies of “Shakspeare, as Bearing on English History” are held by the Mendelssohn Library; by the University of the Witwatersrand Library, Johannesburg; and by the Kimberley Public Library. The purpose of preparing annotated editions of these lectures is to make them more accessible to scholars and draw them further into the mainstream of international discussion on colonial Shakespeare.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Professor Laurence Wright is the Director and Head of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA), Rhodes University
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nathaniel Merriman; Shakespeare; Grahamstown; Nineteenth Century; Henry Reed; Coleridge; De Quincey; Lamb; Eugene Sue; Byron; Victor Hugo; Sir George Grey; Froissart; Lord John Campbell; Bowdler; Milton
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1099
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:29 Sep 2008
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