The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2248 Monday, 11 November 2002
Date: Friday, 08 Nov 2002 18:07:27 -0500
Subject: Sping Folger Workshop on Shakespeare and Performance
"Shakespeare and Performance"
Directed by Robert Weimann and W. B. Worthen
A Weekend Workshop meeting 7 and 8 February 2003
Program Description: Shakespeare's plays are unrivaled in their dual
appeal: few other dramatists are so widely read as literature and also
performed as living theatre. This dual canonicity presents some unique
opportunities for thinking about the relations between often competing
modes of cultural production (such as literature, theatre, publishing,
and performance) and for considering larger questions about the function
of writing--or the dramatic text--in performance. How, for instance, do
the circumstances of early-modern writing and performance relate to the
landscape of contemporary theatre? Does the text have an "authorizing"
role in performance? Do Shakespeare's plays dramatize an inherently
unstable relationship between the script and its enactment? Will the
interface between text and performance change, now that we may be in the
waning days of print culture? Is it possible to use Shakespeare to
generate a larger critique of performance? This weekend workshop will
explore some of these questions as well as others that may arise out of
participants' own research and teaching. A brief selection of
critical/theoretical readings will be assigned. To preserve the
conversational nature of the program, participation will be limited to
Directors: Robert Weimann is Professor Emeritus of Drama at the
University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books, most
notably in English Shakespeare and the Popular Tradition (1987),
Structure and Society in Literary History (1984), Authority and
Representation in Early Modern Discourse (1996), and Author's Pen and
Actor's Voice: Playing and Writing in Shakespeare's Theatre (2000). W.
B. Worthen is Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theater, Dance,
and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is
the author of Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (1997),
Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (1992), and The Idea of the
Actor: Drama and the Ethics of Performance (1984).
Schedule: Friday evening, 7 February, and all day Saturday, 8 February
2003. A Friday evening performance of Twelfth Night will provide a
case-in-point. On Saturday, Robert Weimann and W. B. Worthen will each
make formal presentations, and Gail Kern Paster will moderate an
afternoon discussion of the issues raised in the morning sessions with
special guest Aaron Posner.
Location: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Application Materials: Available on the Institute's website
(www.folger.edu/institute). Please contact The Folger Institute
Application Deadline: 2 January 2003 for admission (and grants-in-aid
applications for Folger consortium affiliates; Newberry affiliates are
encouraged to contact their campus representatives to inquire about
travel and lodging reimbursements). Only 50 applicants will be admitted.
For all those who are admitted, a registration fee of $60 will be
required. This fee serves to defray the costs of one theatre ticket and
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