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Re: Polish Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1045.  Thursday, 16 October 1997.

[1]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Oct 1997 21:38:12 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Polish Hamlet

[2]     From:   Balz Engler <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Oct 1997 09:00:52 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 14 Oct 1997 to 15 Oct 1997

[3]     From:   Paul Franssen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Oct 1997 13:05:13 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: Polish Hamlet


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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Oct 1997 21:38:12 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Polish Hamlet

Paul Franssen asks about a Polish *Hamlet*.

The place to look is in Dr. Hab. Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney's article
on *Hamlet* in Poland in *Shakespeare Jahrbuch* ca. 1995 (in German but
written orig. in English).  I do not remember whether the prod. you want
is discussed, but I think maybe so.  The article is about political
interpretations of the play as a reflection of Polish history.  Based on
a paper written for the SAA seminar on Intercultural Shak. in
Albuquerque earlier in the '90s.  I may be off in my dates.  Mayhap ShJ
1994 (of course in the West version of the *ShJ*).  Dr. K-C is very
knowledgeable about theater and film in Poland, and surely can identify
and explicate the prod. in question even if it is not in the article.
She teaches at University of Lodz, in Poland.  The e-mail address I have
for her is quite old, but worth a try:  miranda@PLUNL051.BITNET

Success in the hunt is my wish for you.

John Velz

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From:           Balz Engler <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Oct 1997 09:00:52 +0200
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 14 Oct 1997 to 15 Oct 1997

David Skeele is looking for an article on Hamlet in Poland. This may be
an opportunity to draw attention to an excellent book (no, I am not
involved in its publication, I've just had the pleasure of reviewing
it): Michael Hattaway, Boka Sokolova and Derek Roper, eds. *Shakespeare
in the New Europe*. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994. It deals
with Shakespeare interpretation (both on stage and in academic
criticism) in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin wall.
Hamlet, not surprisingly, plays an important role in it; and, yes, there
is an article on "Polish Hamlets: Shakespeare's *Hamlet* in Polish
theatres after 1945" by Marta Gibinska.

Balz Engler
Basel University, Switzerland

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From:           Paul Franssen <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Oct 1997 13:05:13 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Re: Polish Hamlet

Many thanks to Steve Ohmer, Jameela Ann Lares, Jim Harner, David Skeele,
and Werner Habicht for their helpful suggestions, via SHAKSPER or
privately, on politicized Polish Hamlets. Thanks to their leads I have
managed to trace the source I was looking for: John Elsom's *Is
Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?* In case other SHAKSPER-member are
interested in Polish *Hamlets* as well: other useful leads were
Kujawinska-Courtney in *Shakespeare Jahrbuch* of 1995, Henryk Zbierski
and Marzena Czubak, "Das Schickal des Fortinbras," in *Shakespeare
Jahrbuch* (Weimar) 1989, and in particular Gregg Dion, "Fortinbras, Our
Contemporary" in *Theatre Studies* 38 (1993) 17-27.

Paul Franssen
Dept. of English
University of Utrecht
The Netherlands
 

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