The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0474 Friday, 4 September 2009
From: Harry Keyishian <
Date: Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 12:03:08 -0400
Subject: Annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson
University 24 October
"Colloquium on Shakespeare and Philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson
University, Saturday, October 24 2009"
Shakespeare and Philosophy is the topic of the 17th annual Shakespeare
Colloquium to be held at the Madison, NJ campus of Fairleigh Dickinson
University on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Topics will include the ways
material objects empower new ways of thinking in Shakespeare, the
importance of the art of lying in Shakespeare, whether and why we are
moved by Shakespearean tragedy, and how German philosophers made a
masterpiece of _Hamlet_.
Speakers will be Hugh Grady (Arcadia College), Eric Johnson-Debaufre,
Paul Kottman (The New School), and Andrew Majeske (John Jay College).
The Colloquium will take place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Room S-11
(Sturchio Hall), Science Building. The program is free of charge and
open to the public. . Room S-11 is handicapped-accessible and physical
assistance will be provided for those who require it.
New Jersey teachers may receive Professional Development credit by
attending. For further information, call 973-443-8711 or contact
Colloquium Coordinator Harry Keyishian at
the Department of Literature, Languages, Writing, and Philosophy
M-MS3-01, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison NJ 07940.
The program begins at 9:30 with Eric Johnson-Debaufre's presentation
"That Obscure Desire of Objects: Subject and Object in _Hamlet_." Dr.
Johnson-Debaufre will discuss the powerful role played by Yorick's skull
in shaping Hamlet's changing cognition about death and subjectivity, and
the ways material objects and physical contact with them actually enable
new and/or previously unavailable forms of thinking in Shakespeare. Eric
Johnson-DeBaufre holds a Ph.D. from Boston University. He has written
for the online journal _CounterPunch_ and for _Medieval and Renaissance
Drama in England_, and has taught at Luther College and Fairleigh
At 10:45 Professor Andrew Majeske will discuss "Literature, Law, and the
Art of Lying" in relation to _Measure for Measure_ and _As You Like It_,
where the playwright deals directly with the education of future rulers
in the art of deception-both committing it, and learning to see through
it. Andrew Majeske is an Associate Professor of English at John Jay
College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) where he teaches Literature and Law,
Shakespeare, and Medieval & Renaissance Literature in the English
Department. In addition to his PhD in literature, with an emphasis in
Classics, from UC Davis, Professor Majeske has a JD from Loyola
University of Chicago School of Law. Before returning to the academy, he
practiced law for 11 years. He is the author of _Equity in English
Renaissance Literature_ (2006) and editor of _Justice, Women, and Power
in English Renaissance Drama_ (2009).
Lunch will be available at the campus dining hall from 12:00 to1:00 p.m.
At 1:00 Professor Paul A. Kottman, discussing "Tragic Conditions in
Shakespeare," will ask whether we are still moved by Shakespeare, and if
so, why? And how? If our typical responses to tragic events -- grief,
or fear and pity -- shed light on the collective stakes of those events,
then what do Shakespeare's tragedies say about what we mean to one
another? In what ways might Shakespeare force us to move beyond the
classical (Aristotelian, Sophoclean) ways of thinking about tragedy and
social life? Paul A. Kottman is Assistant Professor of Comparative
Literature at the New School, where he teaches at Eugene Lang College,
the New School for Liberal Arts, and in Liberal Studies at the New
School for Social Research. He is the author of _Tragic Conditions in
Shakespeare_ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and _A Politics of
the Scene_ (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the editor of
_Philosophers on Shakespeare_ (Stanford University Press, 2009). He has
also translated two books by the Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero,
_Relating Narratives_ (Routledge, 2000) and _For More Than One Voice_
(Stanford University Press, 2005). He is currently working on a book
project, tentatively entitled "On Love and the Social." The recipient of
a Solmsen post-doctoral fellowship and a grant from the Mellon
foundation, his writing has appeared in _The Oxford Literary Review_,
_Shakespeare Studies_, _Theatre Journal_, _The Journal of Cultural and
Religious Studies_ and the _Revue Internationale de Philosophie_.
In the final presentation, starting at 2:15, Professor Hugh Grady speaks
on "Aesthetics and Subjectivity in _Hamlet_: From Classical Aesthetics
to Postmodernism." Professor Grady will note how late eighteenth- and
early nineteenth-century Germany discourse on Shakespeare's _Hamlet_ was
complexly interconnected with the great literary and philosophical
revolutions that produced German Idealist philosophy and German
Romanticism -- and much of the content of aesthetic theory. These
changes resulted in _Hamlet_'s rise to world stature, transforming it
from the great if flawed masterpiece of the English national poet to
perhaps the greatest masterpiece of world literature. Hugh Grady is
Professor of English at Arcadia University. He has published extensively
in the field of Shakespeare studies, with some 35 journal and anthology
articles, four monographs, and two critical anthologies. His newest
book, _Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics_, has just been published by
Cambridge University Press. His previous books include _Shakespeare,
Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from Richard II to
Hamlet_ (2002), _Shakespeare's Universal Wolf: Studies in Early Modern
Reification_ (1996), and _The Modernist Shakespeare: Critical Texts in a
Material World_ (1991). He has edited and contributed to the critical
anthologies _Presentist Shakespeares_ (2006, co-edited with Terence
Hawkes) and _Shakespeare and Modernity: Early Modern to Millennium_ (2000).
These colloquia are made possible by grants from the Columbia University
Seminar on Shakespeare and by voluntary donations.
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