Free Day-long Event Presents Authors/Scholars

Madison, N.J. -- September 21, 2004 --“Shakespeare and Politics,” a day-long colloquium to be held on the College of Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, will explore Shakespeare’s treatment of politics and the politics of performing his works in the 21st century. Although his was an age of kings, Shakespeare shows a clear understanding of politics and the political process, and of the relationship between morality and leadership.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2004, and is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions and discussion. The colloquium will be held in room S-11 of the Science Building on FDU’s College at Florham campus from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The building is handicap-accessible. Lunch may be purchased at the Student Center on campus.

Speakers at the colloquium will be Ron Rosenbaum, Iska Alter, Thomas Cartelli, and Thomas A. Pendleton.

Ron Rosenbaum will speak on the topic “The Wrong Way to Solve the Shylock Problem: The Politics of Interpretation in Playing Shakespeare’s Jew.” His work on Shakespearean subjects has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times” and “The Observer.” He is currently completing a book on Shakespeare scholars and directors for Random House.

He is the author of “Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origin of His Evil,” a critique of post war efforts to explain Hitler’s psyche. His other publications include “The Secret Parts of Fortune,” a collection of his essays, and “Those Who Forget The Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism,” which he edited.

Thomas Cartelli, a professor of English at Muhlenberg College, will speak on “Leveling Distinction: Politics from the Bottom Up in Shakespeare.” Among many other publications, he is the author of “Repositioning Shakespeare: National Formations, Postcolonial Appropriations” and “Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the Economy of Theatrical Experience.”

Iska Alter will present “Henry V, Demagogue of the Battlefield.” Alter has published widely on Shakespeare and on modern drama in such journals as “Theatre History Studies,” “Shakespeare Survey,” “Modern Drama,” and “Shakespeare Bulletin.” Her essays have appeared in a number of edited collections. She is a professor of English at Hofstra University.

Thomas A. Pendleton will focus on “The Beginning of Shakespeare’s Political Education; The Henry VI Plays and Richard II.” Pendleton is co-editor, with John Mahon, of “The Shakespeare Newsletter.” He has published on Shakespeare and modern fiction and film in the journals “Literature-Film Quarterly,” “Review of English Studies” and “Shakespeare Newsletter,” among others. He edited the volume “Henry VI: Critical Essays.” Pendleton is a professor of English at Iona College.

This annual colloquium, the twelfth in a series, is organized by Harry Keyishian, professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. For further information, call 973-443-8714. Registration is not required but is strongly encouraged.


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