Sidelights on Shakespeare
Sidelights on Shakespeare - an Interdisciplinary Seminar Series.
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Summer Term 2015:
Happy 5th Birthday Sidelights on Shakespeare!
To celebrate our 5th birthday, Sidelights on Shakespeare is delighted to announce the return of Dr Peter Kirwan. Now Assistant Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham, in 2010 Peter was one of the founders of Sidelights on Shakespeare whilst he was a PhD student at Warwick. It seems fitting that he should be our next guest speaker in 2015, our anniversary year.
The Incomplete Works of William Shakespeare: Handling the Apocrypha
Dr Peter Kirwan, University of Nottingham
Tuesday 9th June, 4pm
Wolfson Research Exchange, Room 3
Birthday Cake and wine to follow
Dr Kirwan’s paper will open up the key questions surrounding the so-called ‘Shakespeare Apocrypha’ in light of the most current developments in Shakespeare editorial practice. As new major ‘Complete Works’ projects seek to consolidate the constitution of the canon while other multi-volume series add ever more plays, what is at stake in editing and author-ising those plays whose authorship may never be resolved beyond doubt?
Please note that booking is not required.
Spring Term, 2015.
Monday 9th March
For our third seminar this academic year we welcomed Dr Sarah Olive, lecturer in English in Education at the University of York. Sarah took as her title:
'Certain o'er incertainty’: eliding Troilus and Cressida’s ambiguity in the Lewis episode ‘Generation of Vipers’.
Troilus and Cressida may appear an unusual choice for appropriation in Lewis, a detective drama drawing on the traditions of Golden Age crime fiction: particularly given the genre’s need for ultimate certainty to conquer initial ambiguity and for multiple possible meanings to give way to a single, fixed interpretation of ‘whodunit’. Yet, in appropriating the play, Dr Olive argued that the episode stakes its identity as part of a richly allusive series. This paper considered the history of Shakespearean appropriation in one long-running UK television franchise and the dilemmas facing its 2015 season.
Dr Sarah Olive's research is primarily concerned with Shakespeare’s afterlives, particularly the way he inhabits education and culture internationally. In terms of education, this ranges from his place in national curricula to the pedagogies used by theatre education departments. Sarah is particularly interested in the cultural appropriation and adaptation of Shakespeare by television, popular music and the novel.
Sarah is currently the Chair of the British Shakespeare Association’s Education Committee and edits the magazine Teaching Shakespeare.
Autumn Term 2014
Monday 1st December,
Anna Marsland, Assistant Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.
Anna Marsland, Assitant Director on the 'Roaring Girls' Season' at the Royal Shakespeare Company discussed her professional life in a Q and A discussion led by Dr Teresa Grant and Dr Paul Prescott.
Anna trained in theatre directing at Birkbeck College, London and has since worked at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Shakespeare's Globe. 2014 has been her debut season at the RSC where she worked in The Swan Theatre on The White Devil and The Roaring Girl.
Anna was a finalist for the 2013 JMK award for Young Directors
Shakespeare On the Road: A Summer exploring the special relationship between the US and Shakespeare.
With Dr Paul PrescottIn the summer of 2014, Dr Paul Prescott led a team that undertook an epic road trip, visiting fourteen Shakespeare festivals across the length and breadth of the US (with one notable Canadian incursion). The team conducted over 150 interviews with North Americans of all backgrounds and from all walks of life who – year in, year out – make Shakespeare happen across the continent.
In this our first seminar of the year 2014/15, Dr Paul Prescott outlined the Shakespeare On The Road project, which has raised vital and often emotive questions about the politics of race and gender, about community-formation and individual self-fashioning, about national and regional identity in twenty-first-century America. As a piece of oral history, it clearly captures the catalytic, therapeutic and often transformative role that Shakespeare plays in the lives of thousands of Americans. Dr Prescott’s illustrated talk will attempt to explain why the trip was undertaken and what the experience revealed about America’s ‘special relationship’ with Shakespeare. Paul Prescott is Associate Professor of English at the University of Warwick, a Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association and a teaching associate of the Royal Shakespeare company. He has published widely on theatre history, contemporary performance and creative pedagogy and has recently completed a short biography of Sam Wanamaker, founder of Shakespeare's Globe. His work has appeared in publications including The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare and Performance and Shakespeare Survey. He is the co-founder of www.yearofshakespeare.com and www.reviewing shakespeare.com
Exchanges, the Warwick University on-line journal:
Volumne 1 (2) of Exchanges featured a themed section dedicated to the research work of Sidelights on Shakespeare and is still available on-line. Follow the link below to find articles by past speakers John Curtis, Cath Alexander and co-organizer, Stephanie Tillotson.
'Sidelights on Shakespeare' has been running for over three years at Warwick University and its roll of excellent speakers is developing into a who's who of contemporary Shakespeare scholarship. Our objective: constantly to search out, and bring to wider attention, innovative and interesting perpectives on all things Shakespeare.
'Sidelights on Shakespeare' exists to embrace the plurality of Shakespeare(s), both historical and contemporary. Each year our aim is to offer unusual and thought-provoking approaches, presented by 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 identifies what it is that continues to make Shakespeare culturally so important.
If you are interested in helping organize the future of Sidelights on Shakespeare, we would be delighted to hear from you.Contact:
S dot A dot Tillotson at warwick dot ac dot ukThomasin Bailey:
Thomasin dot Bailey at warwick dot ac dot uk