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British Shakespeare Association 10th Anniversary Conference

Date: 24 February 2012 Time: 9.00 am

Venue: To be confirmed

The 10tth Anniversary Conference of the British Shakespeare Association, Shakespeare Inside-Out: Depth/Surface/Meaning, will take place from 24th-26th February at Lancaster University.

Shakespeare's texts produce meaning by turning insides out. We are drawn into the plays and poems from the outside through surfaces: books, screens, words, objects, costumes, the surface of actors' faces and bodies, retellings or adaptations, teaching spaces and theatres, and via our experiences of immediate effects like music, laughter, tears and movement. The texts, meanwhile, turn deep human questions, emotions, subjectivities outwards by projecting them as words and performance. This conference will ask how the relationship between surface and depth operates in Shakespeare's work. How does it function in different types of performance practice from live theatre to film? In the traces of the past that have come down to us? And in our practices as teachers and critics? The conference will explore 'the deep value of surfaces' (Shusterman), the dynamic relationship between surface and depth across a range of practices: reading, watching, editing, teaching, performing.

The conference programme includes lectures, workshops and performances of Much Ado About Nothing at Lancaster Castle and Love's Labours Lost by Northern Broadsides. Speakers include Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides); Prof. Jean E. Howard (Columbia University); Prof R.S. White (University of Western Australia); Prof Stuart Sillers (University of Bergen); Prof Andrew Gurr (University of Reading).

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: English and Creative Writing


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