The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0342 Thursday, 26 August 2010
From: Patrick Lonergan <
Date: August 6, 2010 6:00:23 AM EDT
Subject: Performing Shakespeare in Ireland, 1660-1922
Performing Shakespeare in Ireland, 1660-1922
Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway
3-4 September 2010
During the last fifteen years, many valuable studies on the relationship between
Shakespeare and Ireland have appeared. These have enhanced and complicated our
understanding of the impact of Irish politics on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama
in general, and have led to the detailed re-assessment of the place of Ireland
in Shakespeare's History plays in particular. Simultaneously, we have also seen
new work on the impact of Shakespeare on Irish literature after the Revival,
with special emphasis on inter-textual references to Shakespeare in the work of
Yeats, Joyce, O'Casey, Heaney, and many others. In other words, we now have a
good understanding of the relationship between Shakespeare and Ireland, both in
the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries on the one hand, and in the
twentieth century on the other.
The purpose of this conference is to investigate the intervening centuries: to
explore and, if appropriate, to retrieve the histories of Shakespearean
performance in Ireland from the Restoration to the Revival. It aims to consider
the place of Shakespeare in the development of Irish theatre before the
foundation of the Abbey, and assesses the importance of Ireland for the
development of Shakespearean performance, publishing, and editing
internationally during the same period.
The conference will feature discussion of the place of Ireland in Shakespeare's
works, and we will explore a variety of case studies from the period 1660 to
1922 -- considering key events, major actors, general trends, and so on. One of
the major aims of the conference will be to trace the extent to which
Shakespeare's treatment of Ireland and the Irish had an impact on the
performance and reception of his plays after 1660.
The conference will begin at lunchtime on Friday 3 September and will continue
through to the evening of Saturday 4 September.
The conference coincides with the Druid Theatre production of Sean O'Casey's The
Silver Tassie, which delegates are warmly encouraged to attend (see
www.druid.ie/ for details).
Confirmed speakers include:
Conrad Brunstrom, "Thomas Sheridan's Coriolanus and Thomas Sheridan as
Helen Burke, "'Bon Ton Theatricals', Shakespeare, and the Culture Wars in Late
18th Century Ireland"
Richard Foulkes, "The English Bard and Irish Reviewers Shakespeare and Ireland
Stephen Kelly, 'Shakespeare and Politics in Restoration Dublin'
John Kerrigan, '"By Chrish Law": Henry V, Oaths and Ireland'.
Willy Maley, "Othello and the Irish Question"
Deirdre McFeely, 'Shakespeare on the Dublin Stage, 1660-1904'
Andrew Murphy, "B. Yeats' Irish Renaissance"
Stephen Watt, "Shakespeare in Fin de Siecle Ireland: Ghosts, Celebrities, and
The Merchant of Venice"
Respondents: Nicholas Grene and Anthony Roche.
Registration for the event is free, but places are limited. To register, please
send an email to
before 27 August 2010.
This event is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social
Conference organising committee: Daniel Carey, Marie-Louise Coolahan, Patrick
Lonergan, Deirdre McFeely.
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