The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1878 Tuesday, 15 November 2005
From: Owen Williams <
Date: Monday, 14 Nov 2005 14:15:37 -0500
Subject: Folger Institute Weekend Seminar: Remembering Theater
Please forward the following announcement to interested colleagues and
advanced graduate students:
A Spring Weekend Seminar directed by W. B. Worthen and Barbara Hodgdon
What is the impact of the emerging "antidiscipline" of performance
studies on our understanding of Shakespearean drama? In what ways might
some of the critical terms and practices-surrogation, restoration of
behavior, performance ethnography, performative research-of performance
studies help us to think through the vexed place of
Shakespeare/performance studies today? With the rise of film,
television, video, and digital technologies, neither "Shakespeare" nor
"drama" are any longer confined to the tension between page and stage.
The seminar will draw on participants' own research interests (and allow
some time in the library) to investigate how the technologies of
contemporary performance, including the technologies of contemporary
theater, define "Shakespeare" by defining the condition of dramatic
performance. Are there distinctive epistemological modalities to
contemporary live theater, and how do they relate to the epistemological
structures of "performance," let alone to film or video or digital
performance? Must we understand theatrical production as inevitably
residual in Raymond Williams's sense? Or does theater continue to speak
back to other technologies of performance, even those that seem to have
displaced the stage? Does the antitheatrical tendency of American
"performance studies" also sustain the desire to theorize performance as
performativity-is this a way to move away from the tawdriness of
theater? Theater is only imaginable as an art of memory; is theater now
only an art of memory?
Director: W. B. Worthen is Professor of Theater in the Department of
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California,
Berkeley. His most recent works include Print and the Poetics of Modern
Drama (forthcoming 2005), Shakespeare and the Force of Modern
Performance (2003), and Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (1997).
Director: Barbara Hodgdon is Adjunct Professor in the Department of
English at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The
Shakespeare Trade: Performances and Appropriations (1998), among other
titles, and editor of the Arden 3 Taming of the Shrew. With W. B.
Worthen, she is co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare and
Schedule: Two session; Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 March 2006; 21
and 22 April 2006.
Application Deadline: 3 January 2006 for admission (and grants-in-aid
for Folger Institute consortium affiliates).
Please contact the Folger Institute (
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