The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0544 Saturday, 13 September 2008
From: Harry Keyishian <
Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2008 14:46:41 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Annual Shakespeare Colloquium to Be Held at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, N.J. - September 16, 2008 - On Saturday, October 18, Fairleigh
Dickinson University will host its 16th annual Shakespeare Colloquium on the
College at Florham campus, in Madison, New Jersey. The topic for this daylong
event, starting at 9:15 a.m. with greetings and coffee, and ending at 3:30 p.m.,
will be "Shakespeare and Language." The colloquium, to be held in the Science
Building, Room S-11, is free, open to the public and handicap-accessible.
This year's speakers are Iska Alter of Hofstra University, Maurice Charney of
Rutgers University, John Mucciolo of the Morris Regional District, Denville, and
Frank Occhiogrosso of Drew University.
With the understanding that language is at the same time Shakespeare's greatest
achievement and also the greatest barrier to understanding his work, the
speakers will discuss Shakespeare's use of language in specific passages from
"Richard III," "Hamlet," "The Tempest," and "Romeo and Juliet" in order to
analyze and unlock his verbal magic.
These talks will be of special interest to teachers who face the challenge of
putting students at ease with his vocabulary, verse, phrasing, imagery, and use
of figurative language. Each talk will be followed by a discussion period. New
Jersey teachers may acquire Professional Development hours by attending.
The annual Colloquium is organized and led by Professor Harry Keyishian, of the
Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy at Fairleigh
The day begins with greetings and coffee at 9:15. At 9:30, the first speaker,
Frank Occhiogrosso will discuss "Mercutio's Broken Syntax" (*Romeo and Juliet*
1.4.53-103) to point out the unique pattern or style of the character's speech,
which reflects an incipient mental breakdown. The talk will include film clips.
Occhiogrosso, who holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, has won awards as
scholar-teacher of the year twice and edited two books, *Shakespeare in
Performance: A Collection of Essays* (U. of Delaware Press, 2003) and
*Shakespearean Performance: New Studies*(Fairleigh Dickinson U. Press, 2008).
His articles and reviews have appeared in a wide range of journals and he has
served as dramaturge for the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.
At 10:45, Maurice Charney, Rutgers University, will speak on "To be or not to
be?": The Plain Language of Hamlet's soliloquy" (*Hamlet* 3.1.56-90), remarking
that Shakespeare's most celebrated, familiar, and profound soliloquy is couched
in the plainest of language. Professor Charney, author of two books on Hamlet,
digs deep to uncover its riches and account for the profundity of emotional
response it has generated over the centuries. He is Distinguished Professor of
English at Rutgers University and the past president of the Shakespeare
Association of America. Author or editor of twenty books, including *How to Read
Shakespeare*, Style in Hamlet, Shakespeare's Roman Plays, Sexual Fiction, and
*All of Shakespeare*(Columbia), he recently completed a study of aging in
After a lunch break, at 1 p.m., John Mucciolo of the Morris Hills Regional
District, Denville, will offer a fresh reading of Caliban's speech "'Be not
afear'd' (*The Tempest*, 3.2.135-43) and Dramatic Exigency in Shakespeare's "The
Tempest" by stressing its purpose in the play as a whole, and the murder plot it
forwards. Dr. Mucciolo, with the late W.R. Elton, was founding editor of the
*Shakespearean International Yearbook* (Ashgate), and co-editor of volumes 1-3.
He also edited *Shakespeare's Universe*, a collection of essays in honor of W.R.
Elton's distinguished career in Shakespeare studies.
At 2:15, Dr. Iksa Alter, Professor of English, Emerita, of Hofstra University,
will speak on "Shakespeare, Sex, and Power: Lady Anne Seduced in Two Films of
*Richard III*" (*Richard III* 1.3.1-264). Reading and comparing the cinematic
texts of the seduction of Lady Anne in both Lawrence Olivier's and Ian
McKellen's interpretation of the role of Richard III, Dr. Alter shows how both
treatments visually link power, performance, and sexual predation. Iska Alter
has published articles on Shakespeare, the Yiddish theatre, American drama, and
ethnic American literature in *Shakespeare Survey*, *Modern Drama*, and a
variety of essay collections.
Pre-registration is NOT required, but is encouraged. Please call 973-443-8711 or
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