Global ′Hamlet′s symposium

Friday, October 5, 2012

A free public symposium that explored adaptations and appropriations of Hamlet across the globe, in ArabBritishChinese, and South African contexts. Media: poster (PDF);lobby placard (PDF); Smart City MemphisMemphis Flyer;WKNO interview.


Alexa Huang (George Washington University):"Icons of Modernity: Hamlet and Ophelia in Chinese Confucian Culture"

David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare Library): "Hamlet′s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare"

Margaret Litvin (Boston University): "Hamlet on the Barricades: Global Shakespeare, Arab Dreams"

Nick Hutchison (RADA): "A Player′s Advice to Hamlet"

Reception with performance by Opera Memphis


• "The Banquet" (aka Legend of the Black Scorpion, dir. FENG Xiaogang, China, 2006), a Kung Fu adaptation, was screened Thursday, October 4, 7:30pm, Blount Auditorium (Buckman Hall --#67 on campus map)

• Baritone aria from Ambroise Thomas′ French grand opera Hamlet, was performed by Opera Memphis at the reception following our October 5 symposium

• The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was performed by the Tennessee Shakespeare Company (September 20-October 7, Poplar Pike Playhouse); tickets for the October 5 performance subsidized for members of the Rhodes community by CODA: The Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts

• The Poet′s Heart, the Composer′s Pen: Music set to writings of great poets was performed by Rhodes Singers, Chamber Singers, Women′s Chorus and Men′s Chorus (Sunday, October 21, 3:30pmSt. Anne Catholic Church)

Rhodes co-sponsors:

Asian Studies

British Studies at Oxford


International Studies




• Ann Thompson on the first and second quartos of Hamlet

• BBC interviews with Alexa Huang here and here; articles on "Multilingual Shakespeare"; "Borrowed Robes"; "Shakespeare and Translation"

• "From the Globe to the Global" -- Folger NEH Summer Institute

• "Global Shakespeares" Video & Performance Archive

• "Globe to Globe" festival at Shakespeare′s Globe

• "Hamlet Works" website, including Q2/F "enfolded"

• HyperHamlet, a database of references to Shakespeare′s play

• The Hamlet Zone: Reworking "Hamlet" for European Cultures, from the conference "Hamlet in Europe"

• International Shakespeare Association

• International Shakespeare Conference

• Parallel text versions of Q1/Q2/Folio Hamlets

• Royal Shakespeare Company

• "Shakespeare and Globalization" (Anston Bosman article)

• Shakespeare Around the Globe

• Shakespeare Quartos Archive

• "Technologies of Memory" (Katherine Rowe article)

• World Shakespeare Bibliography

• World Shakespeare Festival

• World Shakespeare Project (Emory University)