November 29, 2010

Sidelights on Shakespeare – inaugural seminar

Sidelights on Shakespeare: Wednesday 1st DecemberSidelights on Shakespeare

A new interdisciplinary seminar series

Professor Gary Watt (School of Law)

"Shakespeare and Cultures of Proof: An Interdisciplinary Study in Law and Humanities."

Wednesday 1st December, 5pm. Ramphal Building R0.03/4, Library Road, University of Warwick.

William Shakespeare is one of the most widely circulated and recycled literary figures of all time. His person has been appropriated as a spokesman (and apologist) for theoretical, philosophical, political, nationalistic and religious agendas; his plays have been translated and performed in every context from the early modern stage to POW camps, colonial projects to council estates, and bourgeois theatres to civil uprisings; his words are part of the everyday lexicon of business, law, sport, fashion and entertainment; and his works remain a strange source from which myriad interpretation continues to be richly drawn.

This seminar series embraces the plurality of Shakespeare(s), historical and contemporary, and offers unusual and thought-provoking perspectives from scholars working in a diverse range of faculties, disciplines and theoretical fields. Through sideways explorations of the ways in which aspects of Shakespeare are interpreted, packaged, enlisted and attacked, the series aims to illuminate what it is that continues to make Shakespeare so broadly important. 

Series organisers: Alice Leonard ; Peter Kirwan

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I’m Peter Kirwan, a final year doctoral student in the English Department at Warwick, and this is my PhD blog.

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