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Events / Veranstaltungen
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 Zürich).


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 making.
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.

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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 Petrarch.


Tuesday, June 6, 18.15
MacDonald P. Jackson, University of Auckland, New Zealand on the sonnets
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 Gessnerallee Zürich.

Tom Lanoye's and Luk Perceval's Schlachten, (Schauspielhaus Hamburg)
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Zurich, Saturday July 1st, 17.30
Theater Gessnerallee Zürich

Podiumsdiskussion mit Tom Lanoye, Balz Engler, Reinhard Palm, Moderation: Manuela Rossini. [http://www.kontroversen.ch/sa1.htm].
Eintritt: 10.-


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 (
Richard 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.



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