International Shakespeare: Translation, Adaptation, Performance

September 18-20, 2015
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Friday, September 18

6 pm – Opening reception at UMass University Club & Restaurant, 243 Stockbridge Rd, Amherst
Book Presentation by David Katz: Selection from the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Talk by David Ball (Smith College): "Untranslatable Poetry? Shakespeare and a Few Others"


Saturday, September 19

Integrative Learning Center, 650 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

8:30 – 9:30 registration, breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 (2 panels)

Panel 1a

Chair: Boris Wolfson, Amherst College

Ayami Oki-Siekierczak (Waseda University)"Rendering 'Love' in the Early Japanese Reception of Shakespeare"

Visnja Krstic (University of Warwick)"In Constant Search of Perfection: The Challenge of Translating William  Shakespeare’s Sonnets into the Serbian Language"

Cees Koster (Utrecht University), “Narrative intervention in prose adaptations of Romeo and Juliet”


Panel 1b

Chair: Jane Degenhardt, UMass

Josephine Hardman (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "Popular or Elite?: Translations of Shakespeare in Argentina"

Juan J. Zaro (Universidad de Málaga), "Coello’s Spanish Hamlet (1872)"


11:00 – 11:15 coffee break

11:15 – 12:30 Keynote Lecture: Debra Ann Byrd, Director, Harlem Shakespeare Festival (Introduction by Priscilla Page, UMass)

12:30 – 1:30 lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Harlem Shakespeare Festival presents “The Sable Series: The History of Black Shakespearean Actors” (Introduction by Dennis Porter, UMass)

3:00 – 3:15 coffee break

3:15 – 4:30 Keynote Lecture: W.B. Worthen, Barnard/Columbia (Introduction by Arthur Kinney, UMass)

4:30 – 4:40 coffee break

4:40 – 6.30 (2 panels)

Panel 2a

Thalia Pandiri (Smith College)

Melissa Merte (University of Minnesota), "Shakespeare in Kabul: Marketing, Translation, and the Stakes of the Transnational Book Project"

Saiful Saleem (The Graduate Center, CUNY), "Rereading Shakespeare’s The Tempest through Césaire’s Une tempête"

Terry Reilly (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), "'Bottom!...Thou art translated': Performing A Midsummer Night's Dream in Four 'Official' Alaskan Languages"

Scott Manning Stevens (Syracuse University), "Shakespeare on the Rez"

Panel 2b

Chair: Kiki Gounaridou (Smith College)

Maryam Zehtabi (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "Hamlet: A Social Commentary on Iran"

Mervat Shukry (The British University in Egypt (BUE)), "King Lear between Shakespeare and El-Fakharani: Any Affinity?"

Roberto da Rocha (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), "Shakespeare, the Coup and the Melancholy of the Left"

Amy Bonsall (University of Leeds and Bilimankhwe Arts), "'We the globe can compass soon': How have Shakespeare’s plays been adapted for a contemporary Malawian audience?"


Sunday, September 20

Integrative Learning Center, 650 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

8:30 – 9:30 registration, breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 (2 panels)

Panel 3

Chair: Dennis Porter, UMass

Angela Shpolberg (Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University), "The Russian Othello: Reinventing National Identity in a Global Context"

Mary Prokop(University of Notre Dame), "Gian Francesco Malipiero’s Giulio Cesare: A Case Study in Shakespeare, Politics, and Fascism"

Shauna O'Brien (Trinity College Dublin), “'Nothing extenuate': The ‘martyrdom’ of Shakespeare in Othello in Wonderland"

11:00 – 11:15 coffee break

11:15 – 12:30 Keynote lecture: Alexa Huang, George Washington University (Introduction by Amanda Walling, UConn)

12:30 – 1:30 lunch

1:30 – 3:00 (2 panels)

Panel 4a

Chair: Jim Hicks, UMass

Vasso Yannakopoulou (University of Cyprus), "How Many Hamlets Can Fit in One Performance?"

Andrea Malaguti (UMass Amherst), "A Tale of Empowerment: Cesare deve morire"

Jenna Lester (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), "Shakespeare for the Incarcerated: An International Exploration"

Panel 4b

Chair: Priscilla Page, UMass

Ken Alba (Boston University), "Akira Kurosawa’s nohgaku-inflected adaptations of Shakespeare as a paradigm for productive cross-cultural exchange"

Adele Lee (University of Greenwich), "The Player King and Kingly Players: Inverting Hamlet in Lee Joon-ik’s King and the Clown"

Melis Günekan (Boğaziçi University), "Bahar Noktası: To Tell A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Turkish"

3:00 – 3:15 coffee break

3:15 – 4:30 Keynote lecture: Edwin Gentzler, UMass Amherst (Introduction by Daniel Sack, UMass)

4:30 – 4:40 coffee break

4:40 – 6.30 Panel 5

Chair: Anne Ciecko

Sonia Weiner (Tel Aviv University), "Hum Hain ke Hum Nahin?": Frisking Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider

Sarah Fitzpatrick (University of New Hampshire, Durham), Mapping Global Shakespeare in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara

Madhavi Biswas (University of Texas at Dallas), Between Chutzpah and AFSPA: To be a Kashmiri Hamlet