Thursday, August 30, 2012

Don't miss the first MEMSI event of the semester!

Please join us on Friday, Sept. 7, at 3:30 p.m. for Dr. Gail Kern Paster’s talk: “Shylock, Othello, and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Picturing Shakespeare at the Folger.”  Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger Shakespeare Library image database show how these figures of the Jew and the Moor as Other have been represented since the eighteenth century. These images also show how they have been presented for consumption and display. Setting images side by side has great potential for understanding the theatrical coding of difference in an historical trajectory. The talk is designed for a broad audience.

This event is part of the Dean’s Lecture on Shakespeare series and is co-sponsored by the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare program.  The talk will be held in Post Hall on the Mt. Vernon campus and will be followed by a reception. 

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There is a free shuttle service available from the Foggy Bottom campus.
 
Hope to see you there! 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare at GW

George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English are pleased to announce the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare, a signature program for undergraduate students. The program offers a select group of students a unique opportunity to explore the works of William Shakespeare in a global and multimedia context. The first class of Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare will be arriving in Fall 2012. 

 Program Highlights

  • Take five courses during your freshmen and sophomore years
  • Enjoy small classes and intimate interaction with award-winning professors
  • Subsidized, faculty-led study tour of London and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Meet the head of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and leading scholars and artists in London
  • Attend performances at the Folger Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.
  • Participate in events at the Folger Shakespeare Library and on campus
  • Take advantage of undergraduate research fellowships
  • Use cutting-edge digital tools for the study of Shakespeare and for creative work
 
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A series of events--free and open to the public--are being planned in conjunction with the Dean's Scholars program.

Alexa Huang's new book on Shakespeare and world literature

GW English professor Alexa Huang's new book on world literature and intercultural theater draws on theories of aesthetic humanism to explain the force of literature in globalization. The aestheticization of politics in the twentieth century has structured political life as an art form of expression.  As a secular investment in shared cultural values, aesthetic humanism has been deployed by artists to counter various practices of subjugation such as colonialism and cultural imperialism that have dominated the recent historical record of globalization. The phenomenon is notable in the translation and adaptation of Shakespearean comedies and sonnets, European reception of Asian performances of Shakespeare, French-Chinese playwright Gao Xingjian, and the satirical and humorous narratives of Lu Xun (whose "Madman's Diary" was used by the literary theorist Fredric Jameson as an example of "national allegory"), Mo Yan, and other writers. This is the case because aesthetic humanism promotes multiple perspectives on the continuously unfolding revolution of modernity.
The book is part of Alexa's effort to bridge far-flung loci of transnational scholarship, to reach out beyond the Anglo-American academy, and to examine the role of humanism in globalization. The book is available in paperback.
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Preliminary Schedule of MEMSI Events 2012-13

Please join us for the following events during the autumn 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. More will be added, so watch this space, subscribe to our electronic email list by emailing Em Russell, and friend us on Facebook.

Friday Sept. 7 
Gail Paster
Inaugural Deans Lecture in Shakespeare 
"Shylock, Othello, and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Images from the Folger Picture Archive"
Former GW English professor and Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library Gail Kern Paster will deliver a lecture co-sponsored by the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program, directed by Alexa Huang, and the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute. A professor of English at GW from 1974 until 2002, Paster has held fellowships from the Guggenheim and Mellon Foundations. She is the author of three books, most recently Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage, as well as numerous other scholarly publications on early modern drama, with a focus on the cultural history of the body and its emotions. She is currently completing an electronic edition of Twelfth Night for the Norton Shakespeare. Her talk is entitled "Shylock, Othello, and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Images from the Folger Picture Archive." Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger image database show how these figures of the Jew and the Moor as Other have been represented since the eighteenth century have been presented for consumption and display. Setting images side by side has great heuristic potential for understanding the theatrical coding of difference in an historical trajectory.  The talk is designed for a broad audience and is free and open to the public. A reception follows. 3:30 PM in the Academic Building (Post Hall), GW Mount Vernon Campus

October 26
Corpus: A Symposium
A symposium on individual and collective bodies: embodiment, sexuality, individuality, universality, corporations, limitations, institutions, resistance. 3 PM, place TBA.
Confirmed speakers:

Tuesday November 13
Dennis Kennedy
World renowned scholar and director Dennis Kennedy (Trinity College Dublin) will be giving a talk on "The culture of the spectator." 

Friday January 25
Symposium on Digital Humanities


Friday April 5
Ecologies

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

For your calendar

Some dates to save for the 2012-13 year:
  • Sept. 7: Gail Paster gives the inaugural GW MEMSI / Deans Scholars in Shakespeare Lecture
  • October 26: "Corpus" (a symposium with Marcy Norton, Henry Turner, and two other speakers to be confirmed)
  • November 13: World renowned scholar and director Dennis Kennedy (Trinity College Dublin) on Shakespeare and performance studies
  • January 25: Symposium on Digital Humanities
  • April 5: Symposium on Ecologies with Ian Bogost
Those are our Big Events. Look for some guest speakers and seminars to be added in the weeks ahead as details become firm.