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Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0544  Saturday, 13 September 2008

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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 
Dickinson University.

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 
Shakespearean literature.

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 
write 
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