Sidelights on Shakespeare
Sidelights on Shakespeare - an Interdisciplinary Seminar Series.
'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.
What's to Come:
The last seminar of the academic year 2013/14 took place on the Tuesday 13th May. Thank you to all our speakers and everyone who came to one of the sessions and made this year such a successful one for Sidelights on Shakespeare.
We already have two speakers lined-up for the autumn: IAS visiting professor, Angus Fletcher (English, CUNY), who will be talking to us about his research into Hamlet from a perspective informed by evolutionary and cognitive science and Dr Paul Prescott, who will be discussing the 'On the Road' project.
Sign up for the 'On the Road' project which offers a pilgrimage from Shakespeare's home in Statford-upon-Avon to the many homes he has in the hearts of North American people http://shakespeareontheroad.com/
Current Edition of Exchanges:
The current edition of Exhanges, the Warwick University on-line journal, features a themed section dedicated to the research work of Sidelights on Shakespeare. Follow the link below to find articles by past speakers John Curtis, Cath Alexander and co-organizer, Stephanie Tillotson. We hope you enjoy browing the journal.
Previous Events 2013 - 14
Down Shakespeare Road: Mapping Race, Theatre and Politics
Professor Tony Howard
Tuesday 13th May 2014
‘Shakespeare' is the symbolic heart of British culture. Who plays Shakespeare, where and how, helps define our sense of national and community identity. In this talk, Prof Howard, lead investigator at the Multicultural Shakespeare project, outlined the development of a project which explores the history of Black and Asian artists' contribution to the staging of Shakespeare in Britian.
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Andrew Dickson, Visiting Fellow, University of Warwick and Theatre Editor, Guardian News and Media.
Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys around Shakespeare’s Globe.
Tuesday 18 February 2014
For the last two years, Guardian journalist and writer Andrew Dickson has been travelling the world, researching a new book on global Shakespeare to be published in 2016. Sidelights on Shakespeare was delighted to host Andrew Dickson's third lecture in the Worlds Elsewhere Tour: Deutschland ist Hamlet, Germany's Shakespeare.
'Shakespeare and War: Some Aspects of Appropriation'
Dr Catherine M.S. Alexander, Fellow of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
Wednesday 5th February 2014
The two anniversaries that are being marked in 2014 - the birth of Shakespeare in 1564 and the start of the First World War in 1914 - prompted the research for Dr Alexander’s paper. In it she considers the reception, appropriation and context of Shakespeare's work (with brief allusions to content) where, not surprisingly perhaps, Dr Alexander uncovers a tale in which nationhood and patriotism feature strongly, with the dramatist as contested cultural property. The association of 'Shakespeare and War' in this paper is not confined to the 1914-18 hostilities, although that is where she concludes, considering along the way domestic as well as international conflicts, and some biographical conjecture.
'King Lear, Twitter and The Da Vinci Code'
John Curtis (MA Barraster, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.
29th November 2013
On 27 July 2012, in his judgment following ‘The Twitter Joke Trial’, the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales quoted from King Lear (Folio). The trial was the first time a British Court had considered the use of Twitter in the context of a bomb hoax. The judgment was hailed as ‘a victory for common sense’, reversing decisions of two lower courts. It now provides authority against similar prosecutions. This paper argues that the use of a four-hundred-year-old Shakespearean text in negotiating modern legal principles is of considerable cultural significance – both through using the familiar to respond to the new – and by invoking Shakespeare’s voice within the powerful social mechanism of the law courts. The reception of this published decision stands in marked contrast to judicial criticism of Mr Justice Peter Smith for incorporating ideas from Dan Bown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code into a judgment regarding a multi-million pound copyright suit.
This 30 minute paper considered the advantages and disadvantages of literary allusions within legal proceedings, contrasting these two widely reported judgments. It considers the fall out, highlighting Shakespeare’s acceptability and apparent utility in legal discourse.
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