The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0402 Friday, 15 October 2010
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:22 AM
Subject: Macbeth Colloquium October 16
Shakespeare's dark tragedy Macbeth is the topic of the 18th annual Shakespeare
Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, which will
take place on Saturday, October 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Speakers this
year are Professors Arthur F. Kinney, Annalisa Castaldo, Steve Mentz, and Iska
Alter. Discussion will follow each presentation. The program is free and open to
the public. New Jersey teachers may earn professional development credits for
The colloquia are supported by the University Seminars at Columbia University.
Arthur F. Kinney (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) will ask why Shakespeare
was attracted to Macbeth as a tragic hero/villain, and discuss why audiences
want to sit through a play that makes such a murderous, violent character its
focus. Professor Kinney, who is Director of The Center for Renaissance Studies
at the University of Massachusetts, is author of numerous enduring books and
essays on Shakespeare and on Renaissance literature, including Lies Like Truth:
Shakespeare's Macbeth and Its Cultural Moment (2001).
Annalisa Castaldo (Widener University) will discuss the supernatural elements of
Macbeth through a feminist lens, focusing on the complex and contradictory role
of the witches as elements in a play obsessed with the definition of manhood.
Professor Castaldo has edited Henry V and Macbeth and recently contributed the
entries on fiction to the two-volume Shakespeare After Shakespeare.
Steve Mentz (St. John's University) will discuss "Forests and the Sea: Ecology
and Order and Macbeth." He will examine how the play's symbolic dialogue between
"blue" oceanic visions and "green" agricultural ones encourages awareness of
multiple visions of ecological and political order. Professor Mentz, whose most
recent book is At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (2009), created the popular
gallery exhibition "Lost at Sea: The Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550-
1750" for the Folger Shakespeare Library this summer.
Iska Alter (Hofstra University) considers how Shakespeare is adapted into
popular culture, with specific reference to the 2001 film Scotland PA, in which
Shakespeare's tragedy is turned into a satirical comedy set in a burger joint in
which vegetarian detective McDuff (played by Christopher Walken) brings to
justice the murderous Joe and Pat McBeth (James LeGros and Maura Tierney).
Professor Alter has published widely on Shakespeare and on modern drama in such
journals as Theatre History Studies, Shakespeare Survey, Modern Drama, and
Shakespeare Bulletin and her essays have appeared in a number of edited
The colloquium on Macbeth will be held in Room S-11 (Science Building) on the
College at Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Room S-11 is
handicap-accessible. For further information, call 973-443-8711, or contact
Colloquium Coordinator Harry Keyishian (M-GH2-01), 285 Madison Avenue, Madison
Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison NJ 07940
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