Global ′Hamlet′s symposium


Friday, October 5, 2012

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



Alex 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, 3:30pm, St. 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 Alex 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)

See Also:

did you know?

A BBC program allows you to listen to "Hamlet′s "To be or not to be" soliloquy in eight different languages.

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