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Shakespeare Society of India and Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi
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The Shakespeare Society of India proposes to hold a three-day international seminar on "Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture" in collaboration with Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi on 7, 8 and 9 March, 2013.
William Shakespeare is perhaps the best-known English author in India. His works have been taught in Indian schools and colleges since the time of the British rule, his plays have been produced on stage both in English and in the Indian languages from the 19th century onwards, his plays have even been made into films in various Indian languages. A number of Indian authors from every major Indian language have written about his works, translated and adapted them, and/or been influenced by them: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Girish Chandra Ghosh, Dwijendralal Roy, Rabindrananth Tagore, Jaishankar Prasad, Harivanshrai Bachchan, Pammal Sambanda Mudaliar, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, Vrinda Karandikar, Kavalam Narain Panikkar, Kainikkara Kumara Pillai, Kuvempu, Masti Venkateshesa Iyengar, Mayadhar Mansingh, Laxminath Bezbarua, H.S. Shivaprakash, to name but an eminent few. The Parsi Theatre drew liberally on the works of Shakespeare for inspiration. Theme, characterisation, genre, structure—there are many ways in which the works of Shakespeare have influenced and have been absorbed in Indian literature and culture. Further, developments in translation and adaptation studies, performance and cultural studies and the spread of globalisation and internationalism have problematized the way we negotiate this relationship.
We invite papers of 20 minutes' duration to engage actively with these issues. Abstracts of 250-500 words may be sent to Nita N. Kumar, Secretary, Shakespeare Society of India, email, by November 12, 2012. These will be vetted by a committee comprising of Executive members of the Shakespeare Society of India as well as faculty from Indraprastha College.
Local hospitality as well as a certain amount of travel funds will be provided by the SSI and Indraprastha College.
We offer the following list of themes and issues which paper readers may keep in mind while writing their papers:
 Family relationships, same-sex relationships, generational conflicts
 The idea of the twin or the double
 Gender, women, ideas of masculinity
 Friendship, the outsider, the racial other
 Violence, conflict
 Emotions
 The idea of empire, the idea of the nation, kingship, good governance, politics, law, order, disorder
 Disguise, appearance and reality
 Nature, landscape, geography
 Supernatural, prophecy
 Language and dramaturgy
 Transformation into Indian context, translation, adaptation
 Shakespearean criticism in India
 Culture and pedagogy
 Songs in Shakespeare
 Influence of specific plays, eg. Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, Macbeth