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

Thursday, 21 April 2016

German translation event, Bristol: Night Without Mercy, Friday 6 May

This event organised by the Bristol German department looks excellent:

Bristol's department of German is pleased to invite you to a bi-lingual reading of selected works by the renowned author Matthias Politycki and his translators: our colleagues Professor Robert Vilain and Dr Christophe Fricker, and Bristol students of German. Together, they will present sonnets and other poetry in German and English. The reading will be followed by a conversation with the author and his translators, and a wine reception.

Staff, students, and members of the public from Bristol and beyond are all welcome to attend. Knowledge of German is not required.

More information on the event is available here:

Matthias’ website can be accessed here:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, should you have any queries. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday 6 May 2016 at 6 pm in Lecture Theatre 1, 43 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UU

Please note that this is not part of the Woodland Road Arts Complex, but is in the old Baptist College building at the top of University Road. Here's a map: