in European Culture . .. - Performance (chair:
Dennis Kennedy) - Criticism
Marta Gibinska) - Translation
Angel-Luis Pujante) - Education (chair:
Boika Sokolova) - Iconicity (chair:
Ton Hoenselaars) November 2001
(14-18 November 2001, University of Basel)
programme - organisation - abstracts and papers - pictures - reviews
Balz Engler: Bericht über die Konferenz
Ton Hoenselaars and Paul Franssen. THE STAPLE OF NEWS - II Update on the Shakespeare Industry.
In 1984 five quality newspapers in five European countries - Lire, El Pais, La Stampa, Die Zeit, and The Times - made the playful experiment of establishing a European Literary Community. They asked their readers for the names of the most important European writers. The results were clear: the French, the Spanish, the Italians and the Germans chose Shakespeare. Only the British preferred Dante - the rules of the poll barred the naming of writers from one's own country.
Shakespeare's importance for European culture is also documented by his influence, since the late eighteenth century, on national literatures, by the many translations and adaptations made, by the frequency of Shakespeare productions on the European stage, and by how Shakespeare has become an icon for poetic genius.
Previous conferences have taken place in Sofia (Bulgaria) and Murcia (Spain).
The programme included lectures, short papers, five seminars, a Shakespeare production at the local theatre, a guided city tour and a guided tour of the Basel art gallery (Kunstmuseum).
The plenary speakers seminar leaders were:
Clara Calvo, Peter Dávidházi, Michael Dobson, Marta Gibinska, Werner Habicht, Ton Hoenselaars, Peter Holland, Dennis Kennedy, Ruth Freifrau von Ledebur, Manfred Pfister, Angel-Luis Pujante, Isabelle Schwartz, Alessandro Serpieri, Alexander Shurbanov, Boika Sokolova, Michèle Willems.
The five seminars focussed on the following areas:
Shakespeare in Europe
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in European Culture
(chair: Dennis Kennedy)
(chair: Marta Gibinska)
(chair: Angel-Luis Pujante)
(chair: Boika Sokolova)
(chair: Ton Hoenselaars)