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Shakespeare Week 2014 – Othello

7-10 April, The Harold Acton Library

Monday 7 April
15.00 Public reading of the play Othello. Open to all.
18.30 Buffet
19.30 Film screening Othello (Oliver Parker, with Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob, 1995) in English

Tuesday 8 April
15.00 Film screening Othello (Stuart Burge, with Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, 1965) in English
18.00 Exhibition opening. The students of Ontario College of Art and Design show photographs and drawings inspired by Othello. The exhibition will be open throughout the week.

Wednesday 9 April
18.00 Lecture by musicologist Matteo Sansone ‘Reinterpreting Shakespeare: Boito’s and Verdi’s Otello
20.00 Film screening Othello (Orson Welles, with Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote 1952) in English

Shakespeare Graduate Conference: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Forms of Nationhood

Thursday 10 April

9.30 Registration
9.50 Welcome by the Director of The British Institute of Florence, Julia Race

10.00 First Session
Chair Professor Alessandra Petrina, Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), IASEMS President
Speaking the nation: identity through language

10.30 Anna Livia Frassetto, Università degli Studi di Sassari (Italy)
Shakespeare’s Lucrece: an ‘uncomfortable myth’

11.00 Kara Barfett, Western University (Canada)
“O Brave New World”: a transatlantic reading of Shakespeare

11.30 Cristiano Ragni, Università di Perugia (Italy)
“Pray Sir, what is all this in English?”. William Haughton teaching nationhood in Shakespeare’s England

12.00 Paul Frazer, Northumbria University (United Kingdom)
Irish mobility and English memory in Webster’s The White Devil

12.30 Discussion
13.00 Lunch

14.00 Second Session
Chair Professor Gabriella Del Lungo, Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy) Writing the Map of Tudor England: John Leland’s Itinerary

14.30 Caterina Guardini, Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy)
“The lovely nymph of stately Thames/ The darling of the Ocean”. The rhetoric of water in the creation of the Prince of Wales

15.00 Nagihan Haliloğlu, Fatih Sultan Mehmet University (Turkey)
‘Turk Gregory’: Turks and Catholics as metaphors for each other in Shakespeare’s plays

15.30 Valeria Tirabasso, Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy)
The Tempest: building a nation at the crossroads between real and utopian geography

16.00 Florence Hazrat, University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)
Snapping up trifles and snatches of old tunes: sonic nationhood on the Early Modern stage

16.30 Beatrice Montedoro, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Commonplace books and the publishing of English drama: forms of nationhood in Palladis Tamia (1598), Belvedere (1600) and England’s Parnassus (1600)

17.00 Discussion
17.30 Conference closes


Tutto è bene quel che finisce bene (All’s Well that Ends Well), a national première, directed by Beppe Menegatti, is staged by the Teatro Stabile di Firenze. In a review, Paolo Emilio Poesio complains about the “hypertrophic mimicry” and certain embarrassing “tuscanizations” like Parolles quoting Petrarch or the King reading Boccaccio’s life from an encyclopaedia.