Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0466.  Friday, 21 June 1996.

From:           Dennis Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 21 Jun 1996 11:36:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Shakespeare and Ireland Conference

                        SECOND POSTING

                    Shakespeare and Ireland
                 A conference at Trinity College Dublin
                      21 to 23 March 1997

                        CALL FOR PAPERS

In the debate over the colonial and post-colonial relationship between England
and Ireland, Shakespeare has been a specially significant focus and contested
critical site.  His plays have been performed in Ireland since the seventeenth
century, and from the eighteenth century Ireland produced some of the most
significant of Shakespearean actors and scholars.  His work has been a key part
of the literary and educational canon in Ireland since the nineteenth century.
Edward Dowden, appointed first Professor of English Literature at Trinity
College in 1867, was the most influential interpreter of Shakespeare in his
time.  In the twentieth century the project of many of the major Irish writers
in English, notably Shaw, Yeats and Joyce, involved an imaginative
re-fashioning of Shakespeare.  Irish productions in the modern period by Anew
McMaster, Micheal Mac Liammoir and Hilton Edwards, represented a remarkable
adaptation of English traditions of staging Shakespeare to Irish theatrical

The three-day conference at Trinity College, Dublin, jointly sponsored by the
School of English and the Samuel Beckett Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies,
will bring together Renaissance scholars, theatre historians, cultural
analysts, and theatre practitioners to explore the varied aspects of
Shakespeare and Ireland.  Performances of Shakespeare are planned at the Abbey
Theatre and elsewhere to coincide with the meeting.  Other associated events
include a Shakespeare film season at the Irish Film Centre and exhibitions of
Irish Shakespeareana at the Irish Theatre Archive and the Trinity College
Dublin Library.  Plenary sessions and smaller panels will take place on Friday
and Saturday and on Sunday morning; the final afternoon will be devoted to
panels on theatre practice.  A volume of essays arising out of the conference
is planned, most likely to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Plenary speakers will include Terence Brown, Philip Edwards, Ania Loomba, and

Proposals for papers are invited on any aspect of the topic, including

Ireland and Renaissance drama
Producing and reproducing Shakespeare, 1660 to the present
Shakespeare, Ireland and the canon
Colonial, post-colonial, or neo-colonial Shakespeare
Shakespeare and the Irish literary imagination
Shakespeare and the contemporary Irish theatre

Proposals (of approximately 250 words) for papers lasting about 20 minutes
should arrive by 15 September 1996 and be sent to:
Professor Nicholas Grene
School of English
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Fax: (+353.1) 671.7114

Further information is available on (+353.1) 608.2301
or email Dennis Kennedy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conference Committee: Nicholas Grene and Dennis Kennedy (Trinity College,
co-organizers), Karin McCully (Abbey Theatre), Christopher Murray
(University College Dublin), Lynne Parker (Rough Magic Theatre Company)

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