Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 270. Wednesday, 28 April 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 27 Apr 93 21:14 +0200
Subject: Shakespeare at Weimar
On 22-25 April the two German Shakespeare societies met in Weimar, held
their first common meeting for 25 years, and formally re-united. As
Ann Jennalie Cook pointed out during the festivities, the new (old)
Shakespeare Gesellschaft has more members than all the other Shakespeare
associations combined--actually about 2700. The "Shakespeare Gesellschaft"
is the oldest literary (not scholarly) association of its kind in Germany,
founded in 1864. Members do not only include Shakespearean scholars, but
also high school teachers, actors, directors, students, and people who
are simply Shakespeare fans.
The academic programme was devoted to the topic "Shakespeare and Memory"
and included lectures by Aleida Assmann on "The struggle of memories in
the Histories" and by Kate Belsey on Bottom's Dream. The colloquium on
the topic included contributions by Robert Weimann, Leo Salingar, and
Zdenek Stribrny. Geoffrey Hartman lectured (in German) on Shakespeare
and the imagination.
Some of the contributions will be published in *Shakespeare Jahrbuch*
1994. Starting with the 1993 volume (which is out) Sh.Jb. publishes English
summaries with contributions in German, by the way. The 1993 volume offers
among other things (does it make sense to mention contributions in German
to you out there?): "Recycled Film Codes and the Study of Shakespeare on
Film" by Lawrence Guntner and Peter Drexler, "'Beginners, Please'; or
First Start Your Play" by Robert Smallwood (on how productions begin), and
"'Wormwood, Wormwood'" by R. Chris Hassel, Jr.
Balz Engler, University of Basel, Switzerland