University of Leicester academic to examine the subtext of local playwright Joe Orton’s library book vandalism

Posted by ew205 at Oct 12, 2017 10:45 AM |
Dr Emma Parker will deliver a one hour lecture “Joe Orton and Shakespeare: Library books, Class and Queerness” at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society on 16 October
 University of Leicester academic to examine the subtext of local playwright Joe Orton’s library book vandalism

Joe Orton (pictured)

Leicester’s boundary-pushing playwright Joe Orton is to be discussed in an upcoming public lecture at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society on 16 October.

The lecture, “Joe Orton and Shakespeare: Library books, Class and Queerness”, will focus on the library book covers that Joe Orton defaced or redesigned with his partner Keith Halliwell, and what this reveals about his subversive attitude to the Bard, social class and sexuality in mid-century Britain.

It will take place at New Walk Museum at 7.30 pm. Visitors tickets cost £3, and no prior booking is required for event attendance.

Joe Orton (1933-1967) was a leading post-war playwright. His black comedies Entertaining Mr Sloane (1964), Loot(1966) and What the Butler Saw (1969) made him a subversive literary voice central to the Swinging Sixties.

Dr Emma Parker, Associate Professor of English in our School Of Arts, is a specialist on the work of Leicester’s Joe Orton. In the past year, she has co-curated three exhibitions about Orton’s life and work, which took place in Leicester, Nottingham and London.

Sir Kent Woods, this year’s President of the Literary & Philosophical society, said: “The career of Joe Orton was meteoric but tragically short. Dr Parker’s lecture will be a timely exploration of the turbulent life behind his writing”.