Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0046. Tuesday, 16 January 1996.
From: Chad Hayton <
Date: Tuesday, 16 Jan 1996 12:31:37 -0500
Subject: Folger Institute: Shakespeare and the Worlds of Communism
FOLGER INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
SHAKESPEARE AND THE WORLDS OF COMMUNISM, 1920-1990
A phenomenon of the Communist epoch's production, adaptation, and
reconstruction of the works of Shakespeare to promote Marxism, communism, and
then socialism in the Eastern Bloc nations. Marx and Engels urged their
followers to "look back to Shakespeare," who was seen as a precursor of the
Soviet revolution. Lenin and Stalin used Shakespeare to promulgate and
popularize Party doctrine in the theater and media. Between 1920 and 1940,
five million copies of Shakespeare's plays were published in the twenty-eight
languages of the Soviet Union. A Pravda editorial summed up Soviet
indebtedness: "Illumined in the rays of humanism, Shakespeare's works are
living a full life in our country and are helping us to build a new society of
men." On the other hand, both in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc, a
subversive Shakespeare emerged, cloaking dissident perspectives in the guise o
Renaissance classics. This conference, funded by the National Endowment for
the humanities and sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University, will examine
the roles which Shakespeare played in the worlds of communism and socialism.
This conference brings together an international panel of experts on
Shakespeare and communism. Chaired by conference organizer Joseph G. Price,
the speakers will include Irena Makaryk, from Canada; Martin Hilsky and Zdenek
Stribrny, form the Czech Republic; Lawrence Guntner, Werner Habicht, Maik
Hamburger, and Robert Weimann, from Germany; Ivanka Koviloska-Poposka, from
Macedonia, Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney, from Poland; Alexei Bartoshevitch and
Alexander Parfenov, from Russia; and Jean Howard, Jeanne Newlin, Laurence
Senelick, and Wilhelm von Werthern, from the United States.
SCHEDULE: Thursday evening, Friday, and Saturday, 4, 5, and 6 April 1996.
LOCATION: The Folger Institute in Washington, D.C.
REGISTER TO ATTEND: 1 Februrary 1996 deadline. Registration fee: $45.00.
Registration information should be sent to the Folger Institute.
If you have any questions about the conference or registration, please contact
Chad Hayton at
or call the Folger at (202) 544-4600.
Pennsylvania State University