Friday, September 10, 2010

Rereading the Tempest, AKA Temfest

The GW Africana Studies Program, Latino Studies Program, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute are proud to sponsor in partnership two events that focus upon Shakespeare's The Tempest and its legacies. You can read some background here.

TemFest I
Friday October 1 at 2PM Rome Hall (801 22nd St NW) room 771
A panel of GW faculty and graduate students speaking about the play in its context, as a site for contemporary research, as a provocation to new literature, criticism, theory. This panel is especially for faculty and graduate students. Moderated by Jennifer James, and featuring:
  • Jonathan Gil Harris, "The Tempest and the Temporalities of Globalization"
  • Christopher Sten, "Leo Marx's "Shakespeare's American Fable'"
  • Jennifer Wood, "DisOrienting Soundscapes in The Tempest"
  • Robert McRuer, "Derek Jarman and Queer Tempests"
  • Antonio López, "Blackface Calibán and the Making of Americanists"
  • Holly Dugan, "Tempests: Rape in the Brave New World"

TemFest II
Friday December 3 at 3 PM 1957 E Street Room B12
A panel of scholars speaking about the afterlife of the play, sharing their own research and holding a lively public conversation. For a general audience; all are welcome. Featuring:

Anston Bosman, "Accident and Amazement in recent Tempests"
Anston Bosman is Associate Professor and Director of Studies in the English Department at Amherst College. His publications this year include a review essay in Shakespeare Quarterly on the British-South African production of The Tempest and the chapter on "Shakespeare and Globalization" in The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare.  He is completing a book on transnational theater in the early modern Germanic world and a collaborative project on "Intertheatricality" with Gina Bloom (UC Davis) and Will West (Northwestern).
Steve Mentz, "The Void in The Tempest"
Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City.  His recent work on maritime literary culture includes the book At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (Continuum, 2009) and a gallery exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library, "Lost at Sea: The Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550 - 1750."  He has also written a study of Elizabethan prose fiction, Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-edited a collection about early modern criminality, Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004).  Works in progress include a study of shipwreck narratives and a co-edited collection on Thomas Nashe.
J Michael Dash"Ariel's Isle, Caribbean Rewritings of The Tempest" 
J. Michael Dash, Professor of French and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, is a leading scholar in the fields of Caribbean and Francophone literatures. Dash is the author of two of the most influential works of Caribbean cultural history, The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (University Press of Virginia, 1998) and Literature and Ideology in Haiti: 1915-1961(MacMillan, 1981). He has also written many other notable works, including Haiti and the United States (MacMillan, 1997) and a study of the Martiniquan writer Edouard Glissant (Cambridge University Press, 1995). His most recent study, Culture and Customs of Haiti, appeared in 2001 (Greenwood Press).

    Both events are free and welcome all who wish to attend. Please join us.

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