Shakespeare’s Heterotopias in Times of Conflict (Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Sonia Perelló / 49th NeMLA Annual Convention
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This panel seeks to discuss the worldwide impact of Shakespeare's Afterlives in contexts of social, political or ideological conflicts.

Shakespeare plays have had a central role across different historical and national contexts worldwide, shaping people’s ways of experiencing, conceptualizing and re-imagining reality in times of war or political unrest. The plays, especially their rewritings, may function as spaces of compensation, creating ‘a space that is other’ by alluding to canonical plots and characters in order to point to historical problems. Conversely, as spaces of illusion, the conflicts presented in Shakespeare may parallel ‘every real space’ of an audience’s historical reality. This panel will be discussing staged, filmed or written works (appropriations, adaptations, translations, or tradaptations of the plays) placed in social, political or ideological conflict scenarios. Aiming at a new perception of the Shakespearean experience and its social and political functions within transcultural practices, participants are encouraged to present papers dealing with works from outside the Anglophone world. Examples include analyses of Al Bassam’s Arab Shakespeare trilogy or of the recent Shakespeare Bollywood trilogy by Vishal Bhardwaj.