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Departmental Research Seminar

Wednesday 6 June 2012, 5.00PM

Speaker(s): Peter Kirwan

Peter Kirwan will give a presentation entitled 'Shakenstein: Remaking the Apocrypha in Shakespeare's Image.'  

The plays of disputed authorship most commonly known as Shakespeare's 'Apocrypha' have a complex stage history. Academic and professional interest in obscure plays is tempered by the commercial need to sell tickets, leading not only to the invocation of Shakespeare's name as an enticement, but also the unconscious or conscious reworking of the plays into a more recognisably Shakespearean form. This paper draws on prepared versions of four disputed plays (Arden of Faversham, Double Falsehood, Thomas of Woodstock, A Yorkshire Tragedy), and the paratexts of performance, to interrogate the ways in which practices of adaptation and visual/aural quotation are employed in order to create a new hybrid of "Shakespearean" play.   

Peter Kirwan is lecturer at the University of Nottingham and has been involved in very interesting projects. He is the Associate Editor for Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others (eds. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. Macmillan, 2013) and has a very interesting review blog - The Bardathon. His research interests are in the area of Apocryphal plays.

Location: Room TFTV/109, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, Heslington East Campus, University of York


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