Old Masters in New Interpretations. Reinventing Shakespeare

Країна: Польща

Місто: Olsztyn

Тези до: 24.06.2016

Дати: 27.10.16 — 28.10.16

Е-мейл Оргкомітету: oldmasters2016@gmail.com

Організатори: Department of English, UWM


Following the successful outcome of the first edition of the “Old Masters in New Interpretations” conference, we would like to announce the second edition of this event. Therefore we are delighted to invite you to take part in the conference of young researchers and their Masters, both in literature and in life, to be held in the beautifully located town of Olsztyn, Poland, 27-28 October 2016. This time, since the year obligates, it will be devoted to various re-interpretations of one particular Old Master, i.e. William Shakespeare.

 In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare we would like to provide a space for academic discussion for all interested in the influences of the playwright and his works on the texts of culture that were created after Shakespeare. It is difficult to overemphasize Shakespeare’s influence on many realms of art throughout the centuries. Since his death in 1616, the poet and his works have been the subject of diverse literary output and literary allusions as well as academic research in various aspects and methodologies. The very first verses of praise that appeared as early as the first part of the 17th century (poem "On Mr. Wm. Shakespeare, he died in April 1616" by William Basse, written somewhere between 1616 and 1623, or the famous Ben Jonson’s eulogy of 1623), sparked a never-ceasing interest in Shakespeare and his works. From then on the poet continuously inspires more and more generations of scholars, artists and recipients of popular culture. The evidence of that may be found in the popularity of the projects such as National Theatre Live which enables the spectators around the world to rediscover plays like Hamlet or As You Like It, or in the music productions like album Ophelia by Natalie Merchant to name  but a few of multiple creative initiatives carrying open or veiled references to Shakespeare.
Thence, we are eager to know which of the features of Shakespeare’s works are  most appealing to the young researchers of today and how he is perceived by them. We also warmly invite more experienced scholars to take part in the conference to share their views and expertise.
Consequently, we would like to confine the conference discussions to both direct and indirect references to Shakespeare and his works. The following aspects serve as an inspiration for the topics of papers.  Please do not feel limited by them:

    Why is WH a master?
    Direct and indirect references to WH in literature, theatre and other media
    Translating WH
    WH and art
    How to teach (about) WH?
    WH from various perspectives (structuralism, new historicism, postcolonial criticism and other)
    Speculation and doubts about WH
    WH in pop culture, parody, pastiche
    Shakespearian themes and stylistics:
        Illusory nature of the world
        Politics and power
        Love and romance

Веб-сторінка конференції: http://oldmasters2016.blogspot.com/