2001/2: 14 - 18 November 2001 conference
(Genie) / WS
(Mids. Night's Dream)
Summer Semester 2000
Topics: Shakespeare's Sonnets; Adaptations of the
history plays (Tom Lanoye's and Luk Perceval's
Schlachten, June 30th and July 2nd in
Wednesday, April 12, 18.15
room 3, English Department, Nadelberg 6
Regula Hohl Trillini: The Gaze of the Listener: Another
Look at Sonnet 128
Regula Hohl Trillini trained as a pianist at the Music
Academy of Basel and in London before reading English and
German at Basel University. This double background informs
her current work on representations of music and music
The place which the virginals, the Elizabethan harpsichord,
occupy in the contemporary literary imagination is a kind of
"doubling", too. Far from effecting a neoplatonic ravishment
of the soul by the ear, fictional women at the keyboard
evoke more concrete and crude desires in their male
listeners or rather spectators. They are not St. Cecila and
not even a dangerous siren seducing from afar, but often
just an easy lay: "She met him in an arbour. What did she
there, coz? Play o'the virginals?"
In Sonnet 128 Shakespeare tackles mixed male perceptions of
women musicians with the density and concentration which
have made his sonnets famous - and which have so far been
considered to be lacking in exactly this number 128,
addressed to a lady at the virginals.
the text of this lecture
Wednesday, May 10, 18.15
Anthony Mortimer, University of Fribourg, Switzerland:
Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and Shakespeare's 'Sonnets':
Continuities and Discontinuities
Antony Mortimer is Professor of English Literature at
the University of Fribourg and a specialist on Renaissance
poetry. As a translator of Petrarch he has recently faced
the problem of accepting or avoiding Shhakespearean echoes.
In his talk he would therefore like to address the complex
question of Shakespeare's relation to the genre created by
Tuesday, June 6, 18.15
MacDonald P. Jackson, University of Auckland, New Zealand on
Aspects of Order in Shakespeare's Sonnets, 1609
MacDonald Jackson is a specialist on Elizabethan
authorship studies. His book Studies in Attribution:
Middleton and Shakespeare (1979) is a classic, and he is
both editing Pericles for the Oxford Shakespeare
edition and writing a monograph on the play.
Wednesday, 28 June 2000, at 20:15 in room 3
Tom Lanoye and Luk Perceval: Schlachten, video with
extracts from the Berlin production.
Friday, June 30, 11.00 - 23.00 Theater
Tom Lanoye's and Luk Perceval's Schlachten,
Stück / Besprechung
Zurich, Saturday July 1st, 17.30 Theater
Podiumsdiskussion mit Tom Lanoye, Balz Engler, Reinhard
Palm, Moderation: Manuela Rossini.
Basel, Monday July 3rd, 18.15, room 3
Making history: Tom Lanoye and TEN OORLOG (SCHLACHTEN!)
The Flemish author Tom Lanoye will talk about TEN OORLOG,
his adaptation of Shakespeare's War of the Roses
II, Henry IV, V, VI, Richard III).
Directed by Luk Perceval, the 11-hour staging of the play
was first performed in Flanders in 1997.
Translated into German (Rainer Kersten and Klaus Reichert ),
SCHLACHTEN! opened the theatre festival in Salzburg in 1999
and became the major theatrical event in Hamburg and Berlin
this year. The play will also be performed twice at the
theatre festival in Zürich.
Expressing battleship through "the war of the words",
Lanoye's text combines his native language with French and
Englishes that range from Shakespeare to Tarantino. Mainly
an allegory on power and the need for survival, TEN OORLOG
is also more specifically a critical comment on society and
politics in Belgium, and on the "war of the sexes".
It will not be necessary for the audience to have seen or
read the play, but if you want to familiarise yourself with
it, you have the opportunity to watch a video with extracts
from the Berlin production: Wednesday, 28 June 2000, at 8:15
p.m. in room 3.
If you would like to
find out more about the 'Shakespeare in Europe' project
please write to
Department of English
or phone (0041) 61 267 27
University of Basel, Switzerland
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