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
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
Telephone: 01904 325220