Friday, 22 April 2016

Guest lecture: Arabic Shakespeare: Three Lessons, Monday 25 April 2016

This looks like a really interesting event, and very appropriate to the year that's in it. For a taster of Professor Litvin's work on Shakespeare in the Arab world, see this interview.

                   Arabic Shakespeare: Three Lessons 

Dr Margaret Litvin (Boston University), Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor

Lecture Room 8, 21 Woodland Road, 25 April 2016, 5.00 PM - 6.30 PM

Why and how have Arab writers and theatre directors since 1900 deployed Shakespeare’s plays? Where did they get their Shakespeare to begin with? Setting aside the clichés about Shakespeare’s alleged “universality,” this talk explores several episodes from the Arab Shakespeare tradition to show how they can illuminate not only the Arab theatre world but, more broadly, the interplay between international art forms, local expressive needs, and the historically weighted ties between modern literary cultures.
Margaret Litvin is the author of Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost (Princeton, 2011) and an Associate Professor of Arabic & Comparative Literature at Boston University. 
For questions about this event or concerning Professor Litvin’s visit please write Rebecca Gould at r.gould at

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