The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1873 Thursday, 26 July 2001
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 12:03:16 +1000
Subject: Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA)
Shakespeare: Looking Before and After: A Performance Appraisal
The Seventh Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand
February 7 - 11, 2002
At the Academy of Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania,
This conference aims to look at the position of Shakespeare studies and
Shakespeare performance at the beginning of the twentieth-century. It is
hoped that a number of the contributions will offer with a retrospective
look at how Shakespeare has been viewed in different societies and eras.
How has Shakespeare been appraised, who have been the appraisers and
what have been their values?
Equally, it is hoped that other papers will use the perspective of the
beginning of the twenty-first century to consider the future of
Four hundred years after Hamlet seems a good time to appraise the
performance, past and projected, of the Shakespeare industry in its
theatrical, scholastic, educational and its other continually
By most indicators Shakespeare Inc. has been a success of Coca-Cola
proportions. The original Globe product has been truly globalised,
franchised into all major languages, and is available all over the
The secondary industry of Shakespearean scholarship continues its
staggering annual output of writings and provides employment to
Educationally, numerous websites market the delights of Shakespeare to
the younger generations.
Performance of the actual scripts proceeds apace in their original form,
or on film and TV or in other contemporary media.
The closing years of the twentieth-century saw Shakespeare voted Man of
the Millennium, involved in an Oscar win and credited with the
'invention of the human.'
How did it all happen and can the boom continue? Has the value of
Shakespeare been inflated beyond reason?
Can the commodification of Shakespeare continue apace? Is the industry
self-perpetuating or is it heading for a crash? Could Shakespeare Inc.
suddenly find itself in an Encyclopedia Britannica position?
Are we still in the era of Modern English, which Shakespeare helped to
shape or are we entering a new phase of the language in which a visually
oriented and cyberspeaking generations will simply find renaissance
texts too hard.
Academically, could Shakespeare become Chaucerfied, a niche subject
fascinating a dwindling