Sunday, October 17, 2010

Global Shakespeare: Playing Shakespeare on the World Stage

Jones, Keith. "Global Shakespeare: Playing Shakespeare on the World Stage." Lecture presented at The MacLaurin Institute: Paideia Forum. 19 October 2010.
Tomorrow night, at seven o'clock, I'll be speaking at The MacLaurin Institute's Paideia Forum.

Their website provides this abstract of the talk:
Shakespeare's plays have been performed in China since 1867, in India since 1775, and in North America since 1750. They were even performed on a ship anchored off Sierra Leone in 1607. Join us as Professor Keith Jones examines the implications of translating and adapting Shakespeare, explores the postmodern tendency toward a radically-destabilized Shakespearean text, and discusses recent cross-cultural productions of Shakespeare.
The MacLaurin Institute serves the University of Minnesota by providing a place for scholarship and theology to meet. And I'm privledged to be a part of that endeavor—and to bring Shakespeare to the conversation.

The theological part of the presentation will address both how a Christian approaches Shakespeare scholarship and the implications of considering sacred texts in light of a radical mistrust of texts in general.

If you're in the Twin Cities, feel free to come along. As long as my own text doesn't become radically-destabalized—or even if it does—the presentation should open some interesting issues.

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