SHINE: Shakespeare in Europe:

History and Memory

International Conference

Krakow, 17-20 November 2005

Organised by:
Institute of English Philology, Jagiellonian University
Polish Shakespeare Society
Institute of Modern Languages, Pedagogical University in Kraków
In cooperation with the British Council


Seminar: History and Criticism

Convenor: Zoltán Márkus, Vassar College / e-mail:
participants & abstracts


This seminar aims to explore the relevance of history, historicity, and historiography in the study of Shakespeare as well as the role of cultural memory in the production and reception of Shakespeare’s plays in various historical and geographical contexts.

Papers in this seminar are invited to discuss issues such as these:
- Regional or national Shakespeares as historical constructs;
- Shakespeare’s plays as objects and subjects of cultural production and reception;
- Shakespeare in historical cataclysms;
- Presentism and historicism in the study of Shakespeare;
- The end(s) of new historicism;
- The (a)historicity of cultural materialism;
- Changing Shakespeare;
- Interdisciplinarity, (literary) history, (literary) theory, and the study of Shakespeare.


Bayer, Mark (American University, Beirut, Lebanon;
“Joyce’s Ulysses as Shakespeare Criticism” abstract

Boecker, Bettina (University of Munich, Germany;
“‘Happily They Had No Choice’: Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Audience and the Ideal of a Unified Cultural Sphere” abstract

Chetrinescu Percec, Dana (University of Timisoara, Romania;
“Interdisciplinary Shakespeare in 70s and 80s Romania. A Comment on Official Censorship and Subversive Practices” abstract

Del Sapio Garbero, Maria (University of Rome III, Italy;,
“‘The goodly house’: Hosting the History of the Other in the Roman Plays” abstract

Franssen, Paul (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands;
“‘Strictly ideal’: Shakespeare’s Personality as a Historical Construct in Nathan Drake’s Noontide Leisureabstract

Gaines, Barry (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US;
“Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be: Hamlet, Hitler, and the Holocaust” abstract

Henderson, Diana E. ( MIT Cambridge MA USA;;
“Nahum Tate’s Art of the Probable” abstract  

Huang, Alexander C.Y. (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, United States;
“Dressing Up for the Part: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre as a Performance of Hamletabstract

King, Ros (Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom;
“Dramaturgy: Reconciling the Presentism/Historicism Dichotomy” abstract

Kowalcze, Anna (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland;
“Memory of the Text: Wyspianski’s Hamletabstract

Lupic, Ivan (University of Zagreb, Croatia;
“Shakespeare as Ethics” abstract

Márkus, Zoltán (Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, United States; Convenor

Minier, Marta (Univ.of Hull Drama Dept. UK;
“Claiming Shakespeare as ‘Our Own’” abstract

Pennacchia, Maddalena (University of Rome III, Italy;
"Julius Caesar and the representations of Rome" abstract


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The conference gets financial support from:

ACUME, the  European Thematic Network for Cultural Memory in European Countries

Institute of English Philology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Kraków



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