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Shakespeare and Derrida Conference 29th September
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0637  Wednesday, 26 September 2007

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Date: 		Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 11:58:15 +0100
Subject: 	Shakespeare and Derrida Conference 29th September

With apologies for cross-posting, Cardiff University is hosting a 
one-day conference on Shakespeare and Derrida on 29th September. 
Speakers include Helene Cixous, Christopher Norris, Nicholas Royle and 
Richard Wilson. Full details can be downloaded from the conference 
website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/shakespeare/index.html I've 
copied the conference blurb below:

Towards the end of his life Jacques Derrida wrote how he would have 
liked to have 'become (alas, it's pretty late) a "Shakespeare expert",' 
and that his desire would remain 'to read and write in the space or 
heritage of Shakespeare, in relation to whom I have infinite admiration 
and gratitude.' The aims of this conference are to commemorate the 
elective affinity between the French philosopher and English dramatist, 
to consider the importance of Shakespeare for Derrida's thinking, and to 
project ways in which Derrida's work might influence the future 
understanding of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare critics have been slow 
to acknowledge the implications for Hamlet studies of Derrida's Specters 
of Marx, while a recent highly-regarded biography of the philosopher 
never once mentions Shakespeare. The organisers of this Cardiff 
conference hope that by bringing Shakespeareans and philosophers 
together the event will end this mutual indifference and signpost ways 
in which for Shakespeare and Derrida the best is
yet to come

Stuart Hampton-Reeves
University of Central Lancashire

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