The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0402  Friday, 15 October 2010

From:         Harry Keyishian <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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 
NJ 07940, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> 

Harry Keyishian 
Professor Emeritus
Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy 
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison NJ 07940

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