Lecture Series "Shakespeare Today"

This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (1564-1616). With this series of lectures we want to explore the bard’s lasting significance and his relevance today. The individual lectures will be delivered by members of the English Department and specially invited guests (Ulrich Busse, Andreas Höfele, Catherine Belsey, Beatrix Busse, Richard Wilson). They will all provide an insight into their own and very specific research angle into the work of William Shakespeare, covering a broad range of approaches both from literary and linguistic perspectives.

For more information, consult the UZH course catalog.

Week

Day

Name

Title

1

25/02/16

Andreas H. Jucker

Introduction;
Shakespeare, speech acts and (im)politeness

2

03/03/16

Ulrich Busse
(U Halle-Wittenberg)

Address Forms in Shakespeare’s Works

3

10/03/16

Andreas Höfele
(LMU München)

Hamlet Now: Berlin 1989

4

17/03/16

Catherine Belsey (Swansea U)

Hamlet’s Beard

5

24/03/16

Thursday before Easter

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6

07/04/16

Martin Heusser

Hamlet’s Ghost in Zürich

7

14/04/16

Andreas Fischer

“Shakespeare und der deutsche Geist”. A history of Shakespeare and the German speaking world in 10 chapters

8

21/04/16

Beatrix Busse
(U Heidelberg)

A celebration in style: Shakespeare – a  genius of language

9

28/04/16

Elisabeth Bronfen/ Barbara Straumann

Shakespeare’s Elizabeth I: Representations of Sovereignty in contemporary Film and quality T.V.

10

05/05/16

Ascension Day

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11

12/05/16

Richard Wilson
(Kingston U London)

The Madness of King Charles III: Shakespeare and the modern monarchy

12

19/05/16

Antoinina Bevan Zlatar

Shakespeare’s Devil

13

26/05/16

Allen Reddick

Resisting Shakespeare, Then and Now

14

02/06/16

AHJ

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