Shakespearean Configurations

By September 19, 2010 No Comments

The universities of Montpellier, York, and Bergen will jointly present “Shakespearean Configurations,” an International Symposium on Shakespearean Forms from the 16th to the 21st century at Salle Jourda, Batiment de Recherche Marc Bloch (BRED) at the University of Montpellier (France), between Wednesday, September¬† 29, and Friday, October 1, 2010. The organizers describe the conference:

Shakespearean Configurations is a follow-up from last year’s conference held at the University of York (UK) during which participants took a fresh look at configurations-and reconfigurations-of Shakespeare from the first quartos to the most recent visual incarnations. They also offered new materials and new approaches for studying the packaging of the plays and poems through time, between cultures and across media.

The theme of the conference was prompted by two sweeping developments in Shakespeare studies: the sustained attack on the idea of an authentic, original text produced by a single, isolated author; and a corresponding attention to the reformulation and assimilation of Shakespeare’s texts in cultures very different from the one in which they were created.

Participants in this year’s conference are invited to continue investigating these themes. They are also encouraged to explore more specifically the relation between the editing and/or configuring of Shakespeare’s works through time and the various ways in which these works were appropriated by readers and audiences.

Contributors will employ a range of materials, including early printed versions, bindings, illustrated editions and paintings, library and museum collections, stage sets and later forms including photography and Manga Shakespeare.

For more information or to register, email The symposium program is as follows:

Wednesday 29 September

Theatrical Adaptations and Configurations

Atsuhiko Hirota (Kyoto University), “Kingdoms of Tate’s Lear and Shakespeare’s Lear: A Restoration
Reconfiguration of Archipelagic Kingdoms”

Agnes Lafont (University of Montpellier), “Mythological Reconfigurations on the Contemporary Stage:
Giving A New Voice to Philomela in Titus Andronicus”

Varsha Panjwani (University of York), “‘What is the chance?’: Shakespeare fighting for limelight at
the Swan”

Florence March (University of Avignon), “Richard II in la cour d’honneur of the Popes’ Palace,
Festival d’Avignon 2010”

Thursday 30 September

Visual Configurations: Painting, Architecture, Photography, Mangas

Dympna Callaghan (Syracuse University), “From the Colossal to the Diminutive: Anthony and Cleopatra
Versus Hamlet”

Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen), “Photography and Victorian Shakespeare”

Svenn-Arve Myklebost (University of Bergen), “Abbreviation and Ekphrasis: Iconotextual Shakespeare

Textual Configurations: Editing, Publishing, Educating

Bill Sherman (University of York), “Standing upon Points: Re-configuring Shakespeare’s Punctuation”

Erica Sheen (University of York), “Un-American Shakespeare” (title t.b.c.)

Sarah Stanton (Cambridge University Press), “Publishing Shakespeare”

Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford), ” ‘Read it, but buy it first’: Buying Shakespeare”

Planning Session – The Future of the Shakespeare Configured Project

Friday 1 October

The Material Text-Reading, Collecting, Curating

Jean-Christophe Mayer (CNRS and University of Montpellier), “Shakespeare and the Order of Books”

Alan H. Nelson (University of California at Berkeley), “Shakespeare and the Bibliophiles: The Next

Noriko Sumimoto (Meisei University, Tokyo), “Updating Folios: Customising Readers’ Reconfigurations
of Shakespeare”

Jeffrey Knight (University of Michigan), “Shakespeare’s Early Curators”

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