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Performing Textual Shakespeares
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1013  Friday, 27 May 2005

From:           Don Weingust <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 May 2005 11:08:35 -0400
Subject:        Performing Textual Shakespeares

For the 2005 Annual Conference of
The American Society for Theatre Research
(http://www.astr.umd.edu/)
Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Ontario Canada
November 10-13, 2005

Conference Theme: Writing and Performance
Program Committee Chair: W. B. Worthen, Chair,
Dept. of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Seminar 7:

Performing Textual Shakespeares

Whether productions are created by companies working from
originally-printed early modern texts, modern edited versions,
non-English translations or adaptations, the resulting performances may
all be considered to be of "Shakespeare." Given that appellation's
elasticity, what do we mean when we connect the variety of texts with
the possible modes of Shakespearean performance? Over the last
twenty-five years, there has been an explosion of interest in
Shakespearean textual and editorial theory. More recently, researchers
trained (e.g.) in theories of the performative have drawn attention to
the importance of adaptation and intercultural and oppositional
theatrical production.  How has such activity impacted Shakespearean
performance and our writing about it? When it comes to Shakespearean
theatrical production, in what ways does text matter?

Some questions to consider: How is performance impacted by the variety
of textual options? How is Shakespearean authority deployed in
performances using this variety of texts, or in oppositional and/or
intercultural productions? Do particular texts prescribe or proscribe
particular forms of Shakespearean production?  Do the "performance
texts" created in production reveal, amplify, exploit or make occult the
flaws or opportunities of the written texts?  What role does reception
by professional or general spectators play in relationships between text
and performance?

This seminar seeks to bring together a variety of perspectives on the
nexus between Shakespearean text and performance. Our goal will be to
understand better the role that text plays in our writing about
Shakespearean performance.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, in Word (.doc) format,
no later than June 1, 2005, to:

Robert Ormsby, University of Toronto (
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Don Weingust, Tufts University (
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