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.

No comments:

Bardfilm is normally written as one word, though it can also be found under a search for "Bard Film Blog." Bardfilm is a Shakespeare blog (admittedly, one of many Shakespeare blogs), and it is dedicated to commentary on films (Shakespeare movies, The Shakespeare Movie, Shakespeare on television, Shakespeare at the cinema), plays, and other matter related to Shakespeare (allusions to Shakespeare in pop culture, quotes from Shakespeare in popular culture, quotations that come from Shakespeare, et cetera).

Unless otherwise indicated, quotations from Shakespeare's works are from the following edition:
Shakespeare, William. The Riverside Shakespeare. 2nd ed. Gen. ed. G. Blakemore Evans. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
All material original to this blog is copyrighted: Copyright 2008-2039 (and into perpetuity thereafter) by Keith Jones.

The very instant that I saw you did / My heart fly to your service; there resides, / To make me slave to it; and, for your sake, / Am I this patient [b]log-man.

—The Tempest