President: Shormishtha Panja
Vice President: Rajiva Verma
Secretary: Nita N. Kumar
Treasurer: Nivedita Basu
Executive Committee Members: Vikram Chopra, Davinder Mohini Ahuja and Vandana Agrawal
ACTIVITIES OF THE SOCIETY
The last Annual General Body Meeting of the Society was held on 23 April 2013 at ILLL, University of Delhi. Minutes of the meeting are available on this blog under the tab ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETINGS
As the present Executive Committee of the Shakespeare Society concludes its tenure, we are happy to report that the year 2013-14 was a fulfilling and productive one with two major events organized by the Society: the Fourth Annual Intercollegiate Drama Competition and a National Seminar on “Flora and Fauna in Shakespeare.”
The Annual Shakespeare Intercollegiate Drama Competition was started in 2011 and has since been a cherished event of the SSI calendar. The Fourth Annual Drama Competition was held on 5 February 2014 at the ILLL Auditorium, University of Delhi. Teams from different colleges of the University of Delhi as well as one from Jadavpur University participated in the event. Like last year, this year too, teams were free to present Shakespeare in the original, in translation or in an adaptation. A fabulous variety of presentations in settings and costumes ranging from historically authentic to highly innovative entertained the audience for a full day. The judges were Prof. R.W. Desai and Ms. Davinder Mohini Ahuja. Thirteen teams from different institutions participated, namely Bharti College, Bhaskarachargya College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Deshbandhu College, Dyal Singh College (E), Indraprastha College for Women, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Janki Devi Mahavidyalaya, Jesus and Mary College, Lady Shri Ram College, PGDAV (M), Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, and Shyam Lal College. The Trophy for the Best Team was awarded to the Lady Shri Ram College team while Jadavpur University and Janki Devi Mahavidyalaya teams won the Second and Third Best Team awards respectively. Besides these, 10 other prizes were given for Costumes, Production Design, Special Effects, Most Original Concept, and Acting. The full list of prize winners, along with pictures of the performances, is available on the INTERCOLLEGIATE DRAMA COMPETITIONS page of this site.
The Society organized a one-day national seminar on “Flora and Fauna in Shakespeare” on 28 February 2014 at the Institute of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi. Unlike in the past two years when the SSI collaborated with other institutions to organize the annual seminar, this year the executive decided to go it alone and hold a national seminar independently. We’re very happy to report that the seminar was a great success with scholarly papers and lively discussions. The program included a keynote address by Prof. Jonathan Gil Harris of Ashoka University and three sessions with nine papers in all. The program of the seminar and the abstracts of the papers are available under the tab SEMINARS.
The Society, in collaboration with IP College has also initiated the process for the publication of a volume based on the papers presented at the International Seminar on “Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture” that was jointly organized by the SSI and IP College from March 7-9, 2013 at IP College, Delhi. The Executive Committee appointed Prof. Shormishtha Panja and Dr. Nit N Kumar as editors to edit the volume along with Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf who represents IP College. The work on the volume has started and fourteen essays have been selected. The work of evaluation and screening by the editors and revision by the authors is at an advanced stage. In a meeting of the SSI Executive with IP College Principal on 9 April 2014 at 2:30 pm at IP College, it was decided that the sharing of royalty will be in the ratio of 60% to IP College and 40% to the SSI. In a follow-up emergent meeting of the Executive Committee on the same day it was decided that an honorarium of Rs. 2000/- (Rupees Two Thousand only) will be paid in advance to the editors of the volume, Prof. Shormishtha Panja and Dr. Nita N Kumar, as decided in the EC meeting dated 21 March 2014.
The year also saw the publication of Shakespeare and the Art of Lying edited by Shormishtha Panja based mainly on the papers presented at the Seminar on “Shakespeare and the Art of Lying,” organized by the Society in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and held at IIAS, Shimla from 3-7 October 2009. The book has been published by Orient Blackswan. Another book, Shakespeare and Class, edited by Shormishtha Panja and late Manjit Singh is in press. It is based on the papers presented at the Seminar on “Shakespeare and Class,” organized by the Society and held at the University of Delhi South Campus from 6-8 March 2003. Details of all publications by the Society are available on the PUBLICATIONS page .
The Executive Committee would like to formally thank all the members of the Society for their support during its tenure from 23 April 2008 till 23 April 2014. The members extend their best wishes to the new incumbents.
SHAKESPEARE PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER ACTIVITES BY MEMBERS
Seminar Presntation: “Ecocriticism and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at the SSI National Seminar on “Flora and Fauna in Shakespeare,” 28 Feb, 2014.
Conference Reports/ Abstracts
“‘Is this a Macbeth, which I see before me?’ A Postcolonial Twenty-first Century Indigenisation of Macbeth.” Adaptation Unbounded: New Directions, New Agendas. A RO-UK6 International Interdisciplinary Conference, Iasi 31 October-2 November 2013 Abstracts. Iasi: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi & The National Authority for Scientific Research Romania, 2013. Pp. 29-30.
Peer Reviewed Journals
“Macbeth in Nineteenth-Century Bengal: A Case of Conflicted Indigenization,” Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance, 10 (2013): 6-18. Co-author Bhaskar Sengupta. ISSN (Print) 2083-8530. DOI: 10.2478/mstap-2013-0002. July 2013.
Seminar/ Conference presentation:
“‘Is this a Macbeth, which I see before me?’ A Postcolonial Twenty-first Century Indigenisation of Macbeth” at the International Interdisciplinary Conference, “Adaptation Unbounded: New Directions, New Agendas” organised by the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania. 31 October -2 November 2013
Invited Speaker: English Department, Central University of Jharkhand, Brahme, Ranchi. Talk on “New Approaches to Shakespeare.” 23 November 2013.
“Gender and Authority in Shakespeare” at Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College. 28 February 2014
Publications: Currently editing the Third Arden edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Guest-edited a special number of the International Shakespeare Yearbook, 2013 on ‘Shakespeare in India’.
Fellowship: Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, during the academic year 2013-14
Participation in a workshop at the Shakespeare Association of America’s conference at St Louis in April 2014 on the Digital Folio of Renaissance Drama projected by the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Publication: ““Many Persephones : Shakespeare’s Heroines and Fading memories of the Pomegranate,” in Bhim Singh Dahiya, ed.Women in Shakespeare: A Post-Feminist Review . New Delhi: Viva Books, 2013
Conference Presentation: : “The Eleusinian Mythic Paradigm of Life and Death in Shakespearean Drama.” 7th Annual International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Passions for Learning: Forms of Knowledge, Forms of Acquisition. National Changhua University, Taiwan. October 25-26, 2013
M. Phil Course: “‘Shakespeare and Media: The Idea of Intertextuality” (January-July,2014). Dept of English, Delhi University
Publication: Introduction to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Essays in Critical Appropriations” ed Samrita Sengupta. Kolkata: Setu Prakashani, July 2013.
Keynote Address: Shakespeare Transported : Distance, Difference, Demystification” in the international seminar on ‘Translation Studies for Exploring Identities’ at Khulna University on March 31, 2014.
DESAI, R. W.
Publications: “Critiquing Shakespeare the Man,” The Critical Endeavour (The Researchers’ Association, Odisha), Vol. XIX, January 2013, pp. 94-127
“The Beginnings of Parliamentary Democracy in Tudor England as Refracted in Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece, the First Tetralogy, and Hamlet,” Ibid., Vol. XX, January 2014, pp. 1-13.
Ed. with an ‘Introduction’, Shakespeare the Man: New Decipherings (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014), pp. 278. Essays by Joseph Candido, R. W. Desai, Charles R. Forker, Lisa Hopkins, Mythili Kaul, John Mahon, John O’Meara, Shormishtha Panja, Subhajit Sen Gupta, Stuart Sillars, Grace Tiffany, R.S. White.
Awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) for thesis titled “Marriage and its Portrayal in the Drama of Early Modern England,” Jadavpur University, December 2013.
Organized film screenings of Roman Polanski’s Macbeth and Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It for undergraduate students of Chandernagore College, West Bengal.
“‘An Apple Cleft in Twain’: Shakespearean Heroines and the Penalty of Eve,” Journal of Drama Studies 7: 1-2 (January – July 2013): 91-99
‘Beautiful Scars: Jewels in English Renaissance Drama’, Linguaculture 3.1 (2013), 9-26 and online: http://journal.linguaculture.ro/en/archive/71-12012.html
‘Marrying the Dead’, in Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England, edited by Edel Semple and Rory Loughnane (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 165-79
Essex: The Cultural Impact of an Elizabethan Courtier (Manchester University Press, 2013), co-edited with Annaliese Connolly. (doesn’t have a whole chapter on Shakespeare but does have discussions of several of his plays)
The Arden Early Modern Drama Guide series, which I co-edit with Andrew Hiscock: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/arden-early-modern-drama-guides/ [Last year we produced volumes on Twelfth Night (edited by Alison Findlay and Liz Oakley-Brown, Richard III (edited by Annaliese Connolly) and Macbeth (edited by John Drakakis and Dale Townshend).]
Publication: “Greene, Harvey, Nashe and the “Making” of Falstaff,”in Shakespeare the Man: New Decipherings, edited R.W. Desai, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: Madison, New Jersey. March 2014
Publication: “Madame Sadayakko: The First Shakespearean Actress in Japan—On Her Contribution toward Modernizing the Stage.” ”No other but a woman’s reason”: Women on Shakespeare. Towards Commemorating the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Birth. Ed. Krystyna Kujawińska-Courtney et al. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013. 95-105.
Lectures: “Moor(s) and Venetians―The Dramatic Topography of Othello” at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Society of Japan held at Kagoshima University on October, 5-6, 2013.
Seven lectures on Julius Caesar for citizens from May to June, 2013.
Five lectures on Shakespeare’s life, his language, his poetry and his drama for citizens from May to June, 2013.
Presentation: First speaker at a seminar on “The Politics of Power” organized by the English Department, St. Mira’s College, Pune on 1 February 2014. Spoke on power as displayed in Shakespeare’s King Lear, Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi .
KUMAR, NITA N
“Shakespeare is a Black Woman: African American Women Writers and Shakespeare,” ”No other but a woman’s reason”: Women on Shakespeare. Towards Commemorating the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Birth. Ed. Krystyna Kujawińska-Courtney et al. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013. 65-74.
Publication: Shakespeare on the Celluloid: Global Perspectives, Avenel Press: Kolkata, 2014
Book: Shakespeare and the Art of Lying (Orient BlackSwan, 2013) (Edited)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“’Those lips that love’s own hand did make’: Anne Hathaway and Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis.” Shakespeare the Man: New Decipherings ed. R.W. Desai (Lanham, Maryland: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2014) pp.121-134.
“’In Search of a Local Habitation’: Illustrations in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Bengali Prose Retellings of Shakespeare.” Shakespeare International Yearbook 13 eds. Tom Bishop and Alexander C.Y. Huang (Farnham, Surrey & Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2013) pp. 35-52.
“Introduction,” Shakespeare and the Art of Lying (Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2013) pp. 1-13.
“Dissimulation, sprezzatura and negative politeness in Castiglione and Shakespeare” Shakespeare and the Art of Lying (Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2013) pp.98-118.
Conferences and Invited Lectures :
“Visual syntax in verbal retellings of Shakespeare” “Action, Language, Text:
Crossing Translational and Transnational Boundaries in Early Modern Theater and Performance Culture” Theater Without Borders International Conference, Gallatin School, New York University, 2-6 June 2013
“Boydell, Bengal and after” “Global Exchanges, Local Encounters: Indo- and Pan-European Theatrical, Cultural, Political and Economic Dialogues in the Early Modern Period and Beyond” Theater Without Borders & National School of Drama International Seminar, NSD, 13-15 January 2014
“’Man’s Imagined Sovereignty’: Pliny, Shakespeare and Boydell” Shakespeare Society National Seminar, “Flora and Fauna in Shakespeare,” 28 February, 2014
“[G]race in a form: George Romney’s Shakespeare” Folger Shakespeare Library, 2 October, 2013
“What can images tell us about cultural communication?” Theosophical Society, Varanasi, 18 December, 2013
Appointments, Invitations, and other Honors:
Invitation to deliver paper at TWB International Conference, Gallatin School, New York University, June 2013
Fellowship to Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA, August-October, 2013
Invitation to deliver lecture at Theosophical Society, Varanasi, November 2013
Co-Chairperson, International Conference, “Global Exchanges, Local Encounters” Theater Without Borders & NSD, Delhi, January 13-15, 2014
Chairperson, National Conference, “Flora and Fauna in Shakespeare” Shakespeare Society of India, Delhi, Feb 28, 2014
Along with Shakespeare Society of India Executive, helped organize SSI’s fourth annual intercollegiate Shakespeare Drama Competition, Delhi, February 2014
Publication: Ed. William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night. Delhi: Worldview, 2014. ISBN: 978-93-82267-03-4.
The first year English Discipline students of Jesus and Mary college put up a performance of some scenes from Twelfth Night which we titled “The Gulling of Malvolio” in the Annual Shakespeare Society of India competition held at ILLL DU, on February 5th 2014. The team also went to ILLL to have the scenes recorded on video, and five girls and two teachers took part in a discussion of the play, which I believe will shortly be put up on the ILLL website.
The same scenes were performed in the College auditorium on 17th February 2014, for the whole college to see. We had done the same last year with The Merchant of Venice; these were the first Shakespeare performances in Jesus and Mary College that I recall in 34 years.
Publication: “Analysing Shakespearean Adaptations in Modern Absurdist Drama: Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi “(1896) and Eugene Ionesco’s Macbett (1972)”, in Lapis Lazuli -An International Literary Journal (LLILJ) ISSN: 2249-4529, Vol. 3, No. 2, Autumn 2013; Web.
Audited M.Phil. Course on “Shakespeare and Media, the Idea of Intertextuality” offered by Dr. Rupendra Guha Majumdar, Department of English, University of Delhi, January-May 2013.
‘Hamlet as a figure of thought: India’ in Hamlet Handbuch ed. Peter W. Marx,
Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2014.
‘Shakespeare and Bollywood,’ Afterword to Bollywood Shakespeares, ed. Craig Dionne and Paramita Kapadia, New York: Palgrave Macmillans, 2014.
‘Singing to Shakespeare in Omkara,’ Proceedings, 9th World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, 2013.
‘‘Pluck out the heart of his mystery’: Hamlet, Arjuna and Gandhi’ at the International seminar, ‘Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture’ held at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, in collaboration with the Shakespeare Society of India, 7-9 March, 2013.
‘Shakespeare Translation Today’ at the National seminar, ‘Translation in the Age of Globalization: Cultures, Languages, Identities’ held at the School of Translation Studies and Training, IGNOU, 22 March 2013.
‘Shakespeare in Bits and Bytes’ at the International Conference on ‘Referencing Shakespeare in Film and television’, held at the University of Ferrara, Centro Shakespeariano, 10-11 May 2013.
‘Shades of the “Indian” in Twelfth Night: Cross-wired Cultural Crossings?’ at the International seminar on ‘Shakespeare in Asia’, held at the University of Philippines at Diliman, Manila, 5-6 Dec. 2013.
Seminar/ Conference presentation: “Calendrical Hamlet” at Andhra University, Visakhapattanam, (A.P) during 58th All India Teacher’s Conference, December 2013.
1. Dr. Ritu Saluja
2. Ms. Jyoti Yadav
3.Ms. Jyoti Arora
4. Ms. Ronica Wahi
5. Prof. Jonathan Gil Harris
6.Ms. Aratrika Das
President: Prof Shormishtha Panja
Vice President: Prof. Rajiva Verma
Secretary: Dr. Nita N. Kumar
Treasurer: Ms. Nivedita Basu
Executive Committee Members: Dr. Vikram Chopra, Ms. Davinder Mohini Ahuja and Dr. Vandana Agrawal
ACTIVITIES OF THE SOCIETY
The past year has been a busy and productive time, with two major events: the annual drama competition and an international conference.
The Third Annual Shakespeare Society of India Drama Competition was held on 23 January, 2013 at the SP Jain Auditorium, University of Delhi, South Campus. There were ten teams competing, including a team from Jadavpur University. The mandate this time was Shakespeare in English or in adaptation. We had a veritable dramatic feast on our hands, with Romeo and Juliet in Punjabi, complete with boisterous bhangra (Dyal Singh Eve.), Hermia and Helena’s dialogue in A Midsummer Night’s Dream enacted in Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi, Malaylam and English (JDM,) the backstory of Lear’s daughters or how Goneril and Regan became the cold and pitiless women of Shakespeare’s play (IP,) the trial scene from the Merchant of Venice with sumptuous costumes (JMC,) a Hindi adaptation of the Gloucester-Edgar-Edmund imbroglio with a female angle added (Shyam Lal College,) a highly original take on Hamlet, or Homlet as it was called with the characters fighting over a poultry farm (Venkateswera,) a vibrant Hindi folk adaptation of Falstaff and his antics in Henry IV Part 1 (LSR) and the assassination of Julius Caesar complete with a female Brutus, gobs of tomato paste for blood and a seating arrangement very reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (St. Stephen’s). Some teams attempted very difficult and complex scenes like the death of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (PGDAV). The costumes were bright and vibrant, music was used to telling effect, the acting superlative and the interpretations fresh. The Jadavpur team did a take on the play within the play (Hamlet) making their enactment too take the form of an embedded narrative: a group cheekily getting ready to perform at the SSI competition in Delhi! They played around playfully with heavily accented English. In some productions, one actor played multiple roles, an approach to theatre at once economic and avant garde.
The auditorium was packed to capacity and it was to the credit of the young performers that very often there was pin drop silence and loud laughter right on cue. The judges were Dr. Angelie Multani from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, whose area of specialisation is Indian theatre, Mr. Anirudh Nair, a member of the theatre group Wide Aisle, who has dealt with theatre in schools for many years and Prof. Shormishtha Panja, President, SSI. All the judges admitted that judging the competition was really difficult because there were so many excellent performances. The Best Team Prize and the Rolling Trophy was awarded to Sri Venkateswara College team. LSR College and Jadavpur University teams won the second and the third Best Team prizes. In addition to these 6 team and 3 individual prizes were also given.
The other big event of the year was the international seminar on “Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture” organized by the SSI in collaboration with Indraprastha College, University of Delhi at IP College, Delhi from 7-9 March 2013. The seminar committee included Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf, Principal, IP College and Prof. Shormishtha Panja, President, SSI as Co-Directors, Dr. Poonam Trivedi and Dr. Nita N Kumar as Co-Convenors, Dr. M. M. Yogi as the Event Coordinator, and Prof. Rajiva Verma, Dr. Vikram Chopra, Ms. Davinder Mohini Ahuja, Dr. Vandana Agarwal, Ms. Nivedita Basu, and Dr. Anita Cherian as Members.
The seminar had 3 Plenary lectures by Prof. GP Deshpande, formerly Professor at JNU, Prof. Claire Cochrane from the U of Worcester, UK, and Prof. Jatin Naik from Utkal University in addition to 32 presentations by both senior and young scholars in 11 sessions, four of which were parallel sessions. Among the participants were 5 foreign delegates from the UK and the USA and 16 delegates from different parts of the country, namely Dibrugarh, Pune, Bhubaneswara, Pondicherry, Tehri ,and Pauri Garhwal, Chandernagar, Jadavpur, Kalyani, Kolkata, and Santiniketan. With such a diversity of regions and perspectives represented, the theme of the seminar came alive and yielded fresh insights into the relationship of Shakespeare to India. The seminar hall remained packed on all the three days with a very engaged and lively audience that included scholars of Shakespeare as well as undergraduate students.
In addition to academic sessions, the seminar included a Directors’ Panel, screening of a BBC documentary, and students’ performances of scenes from Shakespeare. The Director’s Panel, with Prof. Mohan Maharishi in Chair and Prof. Tripurai Sharma, Mr. Amitesh Grover and Mr. Anirudh Nair as presenters, brought a very refreshing look at Shakespeare from a performative perspective, and indeed in Mr. Anirudh Nair’s case, from an actor’s perspective. Students from Sri Venkateswara College and IP College presented scenes from Shakespeare. The Principal of IP College hosted a high tea for the participants and the SSI hosted a dinner at the University Guest House.
The Society blog has been kept updated with information about and photographs of all the events and we have received very encouraging responses from people around the world. People also write in with information about books they have published and with queries.
The effort to include all members in our e-mailing list has been kept up ceaselessly. Besides members not on email, we now have 158 members in our group mail.
SHAKESPEARE PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER ACTIVITES BY MEMBERS
Seminar Presentations: “Translations Now: A Continuous Redefining of the Relationship between East and West,” International seminar, “Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture,” SSI and IP College, March 7-9, 2013.
Publication: “Gold, Land, and Labor: Ideologies of Colonization and Rewriting The Tempest in 1622,” Studies in Philology, 110.2 (2013): 291-317.
“Translation of Verbal Humour: Contexts and Paradigms,” 3rd International Conference, 2012,
“Translation, Technology and Globalization in Multilingual Context,” New Delhi, June 23-26, 2012.
“Cultural Transmutation: Othello to Omkara,” 7th Biennial World Shakespeare Conference on
“Shakespeare Across Cultures” organized by Dept of English, BHU and Shakespeare Society of Eastern India, Banaras Hindu University, December 3-5, 2012.
‘“What bloody man is that? Macbeth, Maqbool and Shakespeare in India”, The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 12, ed. Tom Bishop, Graham Bradshaw, Alexander Huang and Sukanta Chaudhuri (Ashgate, 2012), 97-113.
“Is there a Person in this Text?” Critical Imprints: Journal of the Department of English, Loreto College, Kolkata, 1 (2012).
DESAI, R. W.
Publication: “Critiquing Shakespeare the Man,” The Critical Endeavour, vol. xix, January 2013, 94-127.
“Macbeth: Critical Essays”. (2009). Kolkata: Books Way (reviewed by Muse India, Issue 26, Jul-Aug 2009) (ISBN 978-81-89893-70-3).
“On Legitimising ‘murder’ in Macbeth” in Uttaran literary magazine, Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, 2010-2011.
“Macbeth on celluloid” in Pradip R. Sengupta ed. Macbeth Re-Explored. Burdwan: Avenel Press, 2011
(released in 35th Kolkata Book Fair, 2011) (ISBN 978-93-80761-09-1).
Article on Anne Shakespeare entitled “The bard’s better half” in The Sunday Statesman, 2 January 2011.
“Macbeth on Celluloid,” 2nd May, 2009, seminar on “Macbeth – Re-explored” at Behala College, Kolkata.
“Utpal Dutt and Macbeth Translated,”International seminar, ‘Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture,’ SSI and IP College, March 7-9, 2013.
Performed in a revised version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” with Alan Dilnot and Peter Groves in the International Conference on ‘Globalisation and Postcolonial Writing: An Australia-India Exchange’ on February 7th 2006, at the University of Calcutta, Alipore Campus.
“Shakespeareana to Shakespeare Wallah: Selling or Doing Shakespeare in India,” International Seminar, “Revisiting Shakespeare In Indian Literature And Culture,” SSI and IP College, March 7- 9, 2013.
Organized: Film Screening of Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It (2006) for the undergraduate students of Chandernagore College, West Bengal.
Publication:Critical introduction to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Essays in Critical Appropriation,” ed. Samrita Sengupta Sinha, Setu Prakashani, Kolkata, 2013.
Lectures and Presentations:
“Shakespeare in the Indian Classroom: Shakespeare’s Theatre Pedagogy,” International Conference of Indian Society for Theatre Research held at Flame School of Performing Arts, Pune in January 2012.
“Shakespeare in India,” Department of English, University of Vienna, as guest Professor in June 2012.
“Yesterdays and Tomorrows: In Step with Macbeth,” International seminar, ‘Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture,’ SSI and IP College, March 7-9, 2013.
Publications: “Beautiful Scars: Jewels in English Renaissance Drama,” Linguaculture 3.1 (2013), 9-26 and online: http://journal.linguaculture.ro/en/archive/71-12012.html
Book Review: Review of Shakespeare: The Indian Icon, ed. Vikram Chopra (New Delhi: The Readers Paradise, 2011) for Shakespeare News, Vol. 52, No.1 published by The Shakespeare Society of Japan, September, 2012.
Seven lectures on Othello from October to November, 2012, for the citizens.
Five lectures on the English Renaissance, Shakespeare’s life, his language, his poetry and his drama from October to November, 2012, for the citizens.’
KUMAR, NITA N.
Organised (along with SSI Executive) Third Annual SSI Intercollegiate Drama Competition, UDSC, Jan 23, 2013.
Co-Convenor, International Seminar, SSI and IP College, “Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture,” March 7-9, 2013.
Organised (along with SSI Executive) Third Annual SSI Intercollegiate Drama Competition, UDSC, Jan 23, 2013.
Judge, Third Annual SSI Intercollegiate Drama Competition, UDSC, Jan 23, 2013.
Co-Director, International Seminar, SSI and IP College,” Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture,” March 7-9, 2013.
As Joint Director, Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Delhi, has initiated two new e-learning modules for the site vle.du.ac.in. “Text and Performance” contains scenes from The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream enacted by Delhi University undergraduate students from JMC and JDM respectively, followed by a panel discussion by teachers and students on important aspects of the text. “Global Shakespeare” contains interviews of international Shakespeare scholars talking about multilingual Shakespeare on the contemporary global stage.
Seminar Presentation: ‘ ‘To confine the illimitable’: Visual and Verbal Narratives in Two Bengali Retellings of Shakespeare,’ International seminar, ‘Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture,’ SSI and IP College, March 7-9, 2013.
The Jesus and Mary College English Dramatic Society prepared the trial scene Act 4 scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice (a play studied by several classes in the college), for presenting first to the Shakespeare Society competition held in January 2013, and also to the college audience and visitors to the College Literary festival on 12th February 2013.This was done successfully despite nearly all the actors and the directors having very little experience. The team was also invited by Professor Shormishtha Panja to have the performance and a subsequent panel discussion filmed at ILLL, and both of these are now accessible to everyone on their website.
In April 2012, a Renaissance drama paper reading competition was held in the college for the students of second and first years, since both were doing the same plays: Othello and As You Like It, along with Dr Faustus. Some very interesting papers were offered by the students, among which were: “Iago plays on Othello’s own masculine self-image,” “Every male in the play calls his woman a whore,” “Scripting Roles for Others: Rosalind and Iago,” “Cuckoldry”, and “Othello both uses and is trapped by the ‘exotic barbarian’ stereotype.”
“Why Shakespeare is … Indian,” The Guardian, London, 4 May 2012.
“Impudent Imperialists: Burlesque and the Bard in Nineteenth Century India,” in The Shakespearean International Yearbook, Vol. 12, special section, Shakespeare in India, Ashgate: Abington, Oxon., 2012.
Chaired, lecture by Prof. Richard Allen (NYU), “Comedies of Errors: Shakespeare, Indian Cinema and the poetics of Mistaken Identity” at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 7th August, 2012.
“Shakespeare Adaptations in Indian Cinema” at the Dept. of English, Ambedkar University Delhi, 28 Sept. 2012.
Plenary lecture, “Shades of the ‘Indian’ in Twelfth Night: Exploring Cross-culturalities within Globalisation,” at the International seminar, “Shakespeare across Cultures” held at Banaras Hindu University, 3 Dec. 2012.
‘‘’Pluck out the heart of his mystery’: Hamlet, Arjuna and Gandhi” at the International seminar, “Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literature and Culture” held at Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University in collaboration with the Shakespeare Society of India, 7 March, 2013.
“Shakespeare Translation Today” at the National seminar, “Translation in the Age of Globalization: Cultures, Languages, Identities” held at the School of Translation Studies and Training, IGNOU, 22 March 2013.
“Shakespeare in Indian Cinema: Assimilation, Appropriation, and Engagement,” in Shakespearean International Yearbook (2012).
Report of first ever Bhopal Shakespeare Fest 2013 submitted by Dr. Seema Raizada
Club Literati celebrates first ever Bhopal Shakespeare Fest2013
Since itsinception in August 2012, the Club has organized events like short story and poetry reading sessions, adaptation and enactment of scenes plays, musicalperformances, talks and panel discussions.
Club Literati organized “Shakespeareana”, a two day Bhopal Shakespeare Fest to celebrate Shakespeare’s 449thanniversary on 23rd and 24th of April 2013. Prof Surjit Hans, who has translated plays and other works of Shakespeare in Punjabi was the guest speaker on the first day. The talk show was followed by showcasing of Shakespeare’s famous characters and scenes from plays by students of schools and colleges. While characters like Hamlet, Macbeth, Brutus, Falstaff, Othello, Henry V & Cleopatra rendered some well known dialogues, popular scenes from The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet were enacted. On the second day Shakespeare’s popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was staged in Hindi at Bharat Bhawan at 7pm. The play was produced by MP School of Drama and directed by Alok Chatterjee.
Both the events were hugely appreciated and widely reported in press.
- Dr. Anamika
- Kalyanee Rajan
- Ananya Dasgupta
- Anavisha Banerjee
- Subhankar Bhattacharya
- Preti Taneja
- Lipika Das
- Payal Jain
- Arun Pant
- Trisha Mitra
- Muruganandan K
- Thea Anandam Buckley
- Anirban Bhattacharjee
- Sandip Debnath
- Naina Dey
- Hina Khajuria
ACTIVITIES OF THE SOCIETY
In the last GBM held on 23 April 2011, elections were held for all the seven positions in the executive with Prof. R. W. Desai as the election officer. All candidates were elected unopposed and these are:
President: Prof. Shormishtha Panja
Vice President: Prof. Rajiva Verma
Secretary: Dr. Nita N. Kumar
Treasurer: Ms. Nivedita Basu
Executive Committee Members: Dr. Vikram Chopra, Ms. Davinder Mohini Ahuja and Dr. Vandana Agrawal
The new team got into action quickly and organized a national seminar on the theme of Shakespeare and Film in collaboration with the IIS University, Jaipur, which took place from 13-15 October 2011 at Jaipur. Eighteen papers were read on a variety of topics ranging from a discussion of classic films like Orson Welles’ “Othello” to modern adaptations like Baz Luhrmann’s “William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet” and Peter Brooks’ “King Lear.” Asian adaptations like Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood” and “Ran” as well as Indian adaptations like Kishore Sahu’s “Hamlet,” Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Maqbool” and “Omkara” and the Telegu blockbuster “Gunasundari Katha” were also discussed. Besides, papers were read on the affinity between Shakespeare films and Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the songs of “Omkara,” the punk film “Tromeo and Juliet,” the Japanese animation “Romeo and Juliet,” the influence of Shakespeare on Bengali cinema and the posters of Shakespeare films. Prof. R.W. Desai’s abridged film version of “Hamlet” along with Welles’ “Othello” and the BBC “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” were shown. The seminar was attended not only by several respected senior scholars but also by a number of fresh young scholars from all over the country: Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Punjab, Krishnonogor, and Delhi.
The Society organized a lecture on The Tempest by Prof. Jonathan Gil Harris on November 17, 2011 at North Campus, U of Delhi. The lecture was titled “Marvellous Repossessions: The Tempest, Globalization, and the Waking Dream of Paradise.”
The second Annual Intercollegiate Drama Competition was organized by the Society on 31 January 2012 at the S P Jain Auditorium, University of Delhi South Campus and it turned out to be a delightful event. A total of 11 teams from different colleges gave excellent performances and kept the audiences riveted for over 5 hours. The event was judged by Mr. Rajinder Nath and Mr. Dilip Basu. The plays from which the scenes were chosen included Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. The interest of the event was heightened by the fact that more than one team happened to choose the same play or scene, which brought out differences in interpretation and presentation. The productions were marked by very imaginative production design, elaborate costumes, and very fine acting by some students. It was very gratifying to see this ground-swell of interest in Shakespeare amongst the students.
The last GBM had taken a decision that the method of sending information about GBMs by surface mail would soon be discontinued. However, the general body had instructed the executive to send this information by post to all members not on email, requesting them to send in their email ids or send in a written request in case they wished to continue receiving postal mail. Accordingly, postcards were mailed to all members not on email. Henceforth, all correspondence would be by email only.
SHAKESPEARE PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS
- “Does Emilia sing her own song?: Selfhood in Emilia in Othello” in UGC sponsored International Seminar on “Subalterns in Shakespeare: A Post-postcolonial Scrutiny,” St. Bede’s College Shimla, 22-24 Sep 2011.
- “Do women sing their own songs? : Selfhood in filmed women in Othello (Orson Welles, Oliver Parker, Stuart Burges and Trevor Nunn’s productions) at the National Seminar on “Shakespeare and Film,” Jaipur, 13-15 Oct 2011, organized jointly by the Shakespeare Society of India and the IIS University, Jaipur.
Book: Aesthetics of Romance: An Intercultural Perspective. Texas: Studium Press LLC, 2011.
Journal Article: “Clowns, Fools and Jesters in Shakespeare: A Postmodernist Perspective.” Journal of Drama Studies 5.2 (July 2011): 36-44. Print.
- “Subalterns, Human Rights and Shakespeare.” International Seminar on “Subalterns in Shakespeare-A Post-postcolonial Scrutiny,” St. Bede’s College, Shimla. 22-24 Sep 2011.
- “Patriarchy and Gender Minority: Bama’s Sangati and Shakespeare’s Othello.” International Conference. Minority Discourses across Cultures. Central University of Rajasthan, 26-28 February, 2012.
Seminar Presentations and Lecture:
- Delivered a paper in the panel on “Intermedial Shakespeares” at the International Shakespeare Association Conference in Prague, 17th-22nd July 2011.
- Delivered a paper on “Shakespeare on the Vernacular Screen: Othello, Saptapadi and Modernity” at the National Seminar of “Shakespeare and Film” organized by the Shakespeare Society of India and the IIS University at Jaipur, 13-15 Oct, 2011
- Delivered lecture on “Literature and Jealousy: shakespeare’s Othello” in a 2 day seminar on Jealousy organized by the Counselling Cell, JU., 17th-18th March, 2012.
UGC Major Research Project “Shakespeare Criticism in Pre-Independence Bengal: Retrieval, Archiving and Interrogation.”
- “The Afterlife of Macbeth in Nineteenth Century Bengal: A Case Study,” MS Academic: An International, Multidisciplinary Refereed Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3. (May 2011): 1-11. ISSN 229-6484.
- “Absolutist Hagiography and the Function of the Chorus in Henry V.” Evil and Its Ramifications in Shakespeare: Macbeth and Other Plays. A Post-seminar Publication of UGC Sponsored State Level Seminar at Chakdah College. Chakdah: Chakdah College, 2011. Pp.48-58.
Seminar Presentations: Presented a paper titled, “Sandip Bagchi’s Mobarak: Macbeth in a New Avatar” at a National Seminar titled “Translating Shakespeare in India: Issues and Perspectives” organised by the English Department, Sambalpur University, 17-18 February 2012.
Publication: Book (Edited)
Shakespeare: The Indian Icon. New Delhi: The Reader’s Paradise, 2011.
DESAI, R. W.
Film screening: Hamlet: Six Key Scenes was screened at the following Institutions: St. Bede’s College, Shimla, ISI University, Jaipur, Krishnagar Govt College, Krishnagar, West Bengal, Bankura Christian College, Bankura, West Bengal, Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi, and Delhi University, North and South Campuses, Delhi and New Delhi.
Seminar Presentation: “The Samurai Shakespeare: Kurosawa’s Ran” at the National Seminar on “Shakespeare and Film,” Jaipur, 13-15 Oct 2011, organized jointly by the Shakespeare Society of India and the IIS University, Jaipur.
FORKER, CHARLES R.
Publications: Revels edition of Peele The Troublesome Reign of John, King of England, Manchester UP, 2011.
Paper Presentation: On Polanski’s film, Macbeth, World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, 2011.
Seminar Presentation: “’Et in Arcadia ego’: Ophelia’s Dark Pastoral Passage and Recall” at the National Seminar on “Shakespeare and Film,” Jaipur, Rajasthan, October 13-15, 2011, organized jointly by the Shakespeare Society of India and the IIS University, Jaipur.
- “The Tempest ; Re-Dressed,” at Sambalpur University Dept of English National Seminar on
“Translating Shakespeare: Issues and Perspectives” February 2012.
- “Theatre in the Literature Class: Shakespeare as Dramaturge,” at the International Conference of Indian Society for Theatre Research at the Flame School of Performing Arts, Pune,February 2012.
- Drama and the Succession to the Crown, 1561-1633 (Ashgate, 2011)
- King Lear, co-edited with Andrew Hiscock, Continuum Renaissance Drama Guides (Continuum, 2011)
- ‘Prospero versus Faustus’, in Scholars in Shakespeare: A Postmodern Scrutiny, edited by Bhim S. Dahiya and Mridula Sharma (Kurukshetra: The Shakespeare Association, 2011), pp. 43-58.
Talks and Seminar Presentation:
- ‘King John’, presentation to the Nottingham Shakespeare Society, February 2012
- ‘Mapping Paradise’, plenary address at the first Norwegian national conference on Early Modern Studies, University of Agder, September 2011
- ‘“He that plays the king”: the fractured identities of the David Tennant Hamlet’, at a conference on ‘Shakespeare: Sources and Adaptation’, University of Cambridge, September 2011
- “Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare on Film: Questions of Generic and Cultural Exchange” Distinguished Drama Lecture, Univ. of Hull, UK, March 2012
- “From Stage to Screen: Shakespeare Adaptations in India” Roehampton Univ., UK, March 2012
- “19th and 20th Century Bengali Retellings of Shakespeare and their Illustrations” Sheffield Hallam Univ., UK, March 2012
- “Word into Image: Venus in Shakespeare and Titian” St. Stephen’s College, Univ. of Delhi, January 2012
- “Posters of Shakespeare Films,” “Shakespeare and Film,” Shakespeare Society of India and IIS Univ., Jaipur, October 2011
- “ ‘In Search of a Local Habitation’: Illustrations in 19th Century Bengali Prose Retellings of Shakespeare,” “Shakespeare and the Visual Arts” Seminar, World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2011
- “Marriage, Monarch, Mayhem: Queen Elizabeth I and the Anomaly of the Political Woman” Theater Without Borders, Madrid, Spain, May 2011
- Organized National Shakespeare Society Seminar on “Shakespeare and Film” in collaboration with IIS Univ., Jaipur, Oct. 2011
- Seminar leader, “Shakespeare and the Visual Arts,” World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2011
- Organized with SSI Executive Second Annual Intercollegiate Shakespeare Drama Competition for the Shakespeare Society of India, January 2012
Seminar Presentation:“Remapping Shakespeare’s Adaptation in Globalised Culture”, at the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress on “Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissance” at Charles University, Prague, Republic of Czech, 17- 22 July 2011.
Seminar Presentation: “Throne of Blood and Maqbool” at the National Seminar on “Shakespeare and Film,” Jaipur, Rajasthan, October 13-15, 2011, organized jointly by the Shakespeare Society of India and the IIS University, Jaipur.
Publications: ‘ “You taught me Language”: Shakespeare in India’ Shakespeare Survey 64 (2011).
Seminar Presentations :
- ‘Singing to Shakespeare: the case of Omkara,’ Panel on ‘The Renaissance of Shakespearefilm,’ at the 9th World Shakespeare Congress, Prague, 17-22 July 2011. To be published in theProceedings of the Congress. Also presented at the National Seminar on ‘Shakespeare and Film,’ at the IIS University, Jaipur, 13-15 October 2011.
- ‘Shakespeare in India’ and ‘Whither English Studies?’ Workshop on ‘Future directions for South African Shakespeare studies: changing the emphasis, growing the field,’ at the Institute for Humanities, University of Cape Town, 9-10 August, 2011.
- ‘Shakespeare with and without his Languages,’ Keynote address at National Seminar on ‘Translating Shakespeare in India: Issues and Perspectives,’ Department of English, Sambalpur University, 17 February 2012.
- ‘ “Art, tongue-tied by authority”: Shakespeare and Censorship’ at the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Literary Festival, 1 March 2012.
Talk: Shakespeare Essay: ‘Shakespeare and Indian Cinema’ on BBC Radio 3, 11 April 2012.
Consultant and Interviewee, BBC 2 Arts Documentary, Shakespeare, India and Me, 23 November 2011.
- Ms. Sneha Bengani, St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur
- Ms. Anju Chandra, India International School, IIS University, Jaipur
- Dr. Anita Bhela, DCAC, U of Delhi
- Dr. Pradipta Mukherjee, Vidyasagar College for Women, Kolkata
- Dr. Paromita Chakravarti, jadavpur U
- Dr. Ajanta Dutt, Deshbandhu C, U of Delhi
- Dr. Nishi Pulugurtha, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, Kolkata
- Ms. Ritu Sen, Research Scholar, U of Rajasthan
- Mr. Ritumohan, Longowal, Punjab
- Ms. Juhi Rituparna, Ambedkar U, Delhi
- Dr. Rupendra Guha Majumdar, U of Delhi
- Dr. Shreya Chatterji, St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur
- Ms. Sudeshna Chakravorty, Susil Kar College, Kolkata
- Ms. Namrata Dey Roy, Susil Kar College, Kolkata
- Dr. Rimika Singhvi, IIS University, Jaipur
- Dr. Vithal Rajan, Hyderabad
- Ms. Shaweta Nanda, Gargi College, U of Delhi
- Ms. Smita Chandela, IIS University, Jaipur
ACTIVITIES OF THE SOCIETY
In the last GBM held on 23 April 2010, two new members joined the Executive. Ms. Nivedita Basu was elected unopposed to the post of Treasurer and Dr. Nita N. Kumar was elected unopposed to the post of Secretary. The Treasurer’s position had fallen vacant when Ms. Vandana Agrawal had opted out and the Secretary’s position needed to be filled after the untimely demise of the incumbent Secretary, Ms. Manjit S. Singh whose contributions the Society would always remember with gratitude.
On January 20, 2011, the Society organized an Intercollegiate Drama Competition at the Khalsa College Auditorium, which elicited enthusiastic participation from many Colleges. Teams were invited to enact any scene or part of a scene from a Shakespeare play and the performances were expected to be of a minimum of 15 minutes’ to a maximum of 30 minutes’ duration. A total of 10 teams from 9 Colleges participated in the event and gave performances that were remarkably engaging, creative and polished. The show was judged by Mr. Rajinder Nath, the acclaimed director and theatre person, and Prof. R. W. Desai, the ex-President of SSI and Retired Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi. The judges faced the extremely challenging task of selecting one team for the rolling trophy for best performance and three actors for individual prizes from an abundance of extremely good individual and team performances by the participants. The Rolling Trophy for the Best Performance was awarded to the St. Stephen’s College team for its enactment of a scene from Othello. The First Prize for Individual Performance was awarded to Mikhail for the role of Iago in the scene presented by St. Stephen’s College, the Second Prize was given to Sukanya Arora of Dyal Singh (E) College for the role of Cleopatra, and the Third Prize went to Saarini of Gargi College for the role of Hecate.
The Society organized two lectures by visiting scholars of Shakespeare, one on Othello and the other one on The Tempest. Prof. Stuart Sillars of the University of Bergen presented a talk entitled “Imaging Othello: The Play in Painting and Illustration” on Monday, September 20, 2010 at the Arts Faculty, Main Campus, University of Delhi. The lecture, accompanied by a slide show, dealt with issues of identity, moments and trajectories, emotional choreography and time, sequences, structures and distant readings in the illustrations and paintings of Shakespeare’s tragedy. The audience was enthralled by the 35 visuals, both in colour and monochrome, which depicted not only haunting paintings but also rare early textual illustrations. The way in which the protagonists and crucial scenes were portrayed helped the audience to connect with the play in an entirely fresh way. On March 29, 2011, Dr. Sandra Young of the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Cape Town, South Africa, delivered a talk titled ‘Let your indulgence set me free’: Reflections on an ‘Africanised’ Tempest and its Implications for Critical Practice” at the University of Delhi, South Campus on March 29, 2011. The talk commented on the ‘Africanization’ of Shakespeare in a joint production of The Tempest by Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company and Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre. Contextualizing her argument in the post Truth and Reconciliation Commission era in South Africa, Dr. Young brought out and problematized the connections between the discourse of public “forgivement” in South Africa and a similar theme in the play. Lively discussions followed both talks, which were very well- attended.
A seminar on Shakespeare and Film has been planned in collaboration with the IIS University, Jaipur to be held from 13 to 15 October, 2011 at Jaipur. Detailed information about the seminar is available on the society’s blog.
The Executive Committee has undertaken the exercise of updating the records and compiling a comprehensive list of email ids of SSI members in order to communicate more effectively with them. Email is also the more economical option.
A new website-cum-blog has been created in place of the old website which had run into technical problems. The new site was officially launched at the GBM held on 23 April 2011. The url of the site is shakespearesocietyofindia.wordpress.com
SHAKESPEARE PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS
Seminar Presentation: “‘Our revels are now ended’ – Prospero, an early postmodern” in the UGC sponsored International Seminar on “Scholars in Shakespeare: A Postmodern Scrutiny” organized jointly by MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh and The Shakespeare Association (India), 24-26 September, 2010.
1. Extended Lecture on Shakespeare Studies (Macbeth) at East Calcutta Girls College, Lake Town, Kolkata, 17 February 2010
2. Extended Lecture on Shakespeare Studies (The Tempest) at Rishi Bankim College, Naihati, 18 April 2010.
Conference Participation (Forthcoming): “Reported Speech in Shakespeare” at the forthcoming conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, Belle Vue, USA, April 2011.
Paper Presentation: “The Rhetoric of Lying – A Case Study of Othello, King Lear and Macbeth: ‘Lying’ the Plague of th’ Inventor” at the ‘International Workshop on Shakespeare and the Art of Lying,’ organized by Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with The Indian Institute of Advance Study, Oct. 3-7, 2009.
Publication: Edited with an Introduction, Shakespeare: The Indian Icon: A Collection of Indian Responses – Social, Cultural, Academic. Foreword BY Jay L. Halio. New Delhi: Readers Paradise, 2011.
1. The Nature of “’Love/s’ in Shakespeare’s Sonnets” published in the Special Column of the online newspaper The Scape – http;//thescape.in/newsdetail.asp?newsid=927, 24 June 2010.
2. “The Remarrying Widow in Early Modern England: A Study of The Widdowes Teares and The Duchess of Malfi,” Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol 7 (September 2010) 117-29.
Arranged for a film screening of the BBC As You Like It, for the undergraduate students of Chandernagore College, West Bengal, in January 2011.
FORKER, CHARLES R.
1. An edition of The Troublesome Reign of King John (now attributed to George Peele and about to appear as an addition to the Revels Plays) (Manchester Univ. Press, 2011). This was Shakespeare’s principal source for “King John.”
2. Entry on Richard II in Patricia Parker’s forthcoming Shakespeare Encycolpedia (2011).
3. An essay on the popular film “Letters to Juliet” and its reconfiguration of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to appear in the next issue of Shakespeare Newsletter.
4. An essay on Polanski’s film, Macbeth, to be published in France as part of a book on Macbeth films (probably in 2012).
5. An essay on film versions of Richard II and another on the intertextual relations between Richard II and King John, both in Shakespeare Survey (2008, 2010).
Conference Papers and Presentations:
1. “’Afterlife’ of the Rabelaisian monstrous female: Jeanette Winterson’s Sexing the Cherry” presented at the National Seminar “The Renaissance and Its Afterlife” organized by the Department of English and OMEL, Visva- Bharati, 18-19 September 2010. Was also Director of the seminar.
2. “Empowerment or Loss of Power?: The Paradox of the ‘Woman Scholar’ in Shakespeare” presented at the International Seminar “Scholars in Shakespeare: A Post-Modern Scrutiny” organized by the M.C.M D.A.V College for Women, Chandigarh in collaboration with The Shakespeare Association ( India) and held in M.C.M D.A.V College for Women, Chandigarh, 24-26 September.
3. “Orienting Othello in Indian Cinema: beyond postcolonial frames?” presented (jointly with Dr. Paromita Chakravarty) at the International Conference “Orienting Shakespeare in East Asia” organized by the National Taiwan University Shakespeare Forum and Shirayuri College, Japan and held in National Taiwan University, Taipei, 25-26 November 2010.
1. ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, in the Continuum Renaissance Drama Series (Continuum, 2010).
2. “Marlowe’s Asia and the Feminisation of Conquest”, in The English Renaissance, Orientalism, and the Idea of Asia, edited by Debra Johanyak and Walter Lim (Palgrave, 2010), 115-30.
3. “Cymbeline, the translatio imperii, and the matter of Britain”, in Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly, edited by Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), 143-155.
4. “Englishmen Abroad: Mobility and Nationhood in Dido, Queen of Carthage and Edward II”, English 59 (Winter 2010), 324-348.
5. “Venice in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore”, Early Theatre 13.2 (2010), 79-88.
1. Drama and the Succession to the Crown, 1561-1633 (Ashgate, 2011).
2. King Lear, co-edited with Andrew Hiscock, in the Continuum Renaissance Drama Series (Continuum, 2011).
3. An edition of John Ford’s The Lady’s Trial (Manchester University Press, 2011).
Conference Papers and Presentations:
1. “’And ride in triumph through Persepolis’: Moving on the Marlovian Stage”, invited address to the Marlowe Society, February 2011.
2. “St Helena of Britain in the Land of the Magdalene: All’s Well That Ends Well”, plenary address at ‘Biblical Women: Reading and Writing Women in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’, September 2010.
3. “Sex on the Border”, plenary address at a conference on “Staging Transgression” at Trinity College, Dublin, August 2010.
4. “John Ford’s Perkin Warbeck and the End of the House of York”, at the Renaissance Studies Society conference at York, July 2010.
5. “Venice in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore”, at the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting, Venice, April 2010.
6. “Teaching Editing”, plenary address at an English Subject Centre day on Teaching the Renaissance, University of Central Lancashire, March 2010.
7. “The Gods on the Shakespearean Stage”, invited paper at the University of Wales Cardiff, March 2010
8. “The Places of the Gods on the English Renaissance Stage”, plenary address at ‘Early Modern Dis/Locations’, Northumbria University, January 2010.
1. “Hamlet in Post-War Japanese Fiction,” Journal of Drama Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, July 2008
2. “In Search of the Great Stage of Fools―An Approach to King Lear,” Journal of Drama Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Special Number on Shakespeare), July 2010
“My Impressions of the Third Public Performance of Noh: King Lear,” The Bulletin of the International Society for Harmony & Combination of Cultures, No. 13, June 2009
1. Seven lectures on The Winter’s Tale from October to November 2010 for the citizens
2. Five lectures on Shakespeare’s life, language, and stage from October to November 2010 for the citizens
Was appointed honorary member of the International Society for Harmony & Combination of Cultures in January 2010.
1. “Shakespeare and India,” Platinum Jubilee Lecture at Benaras Hindu University on 27 October, 2010.
2. “Shakespeare on the Indian Stage,” delivered on 15 November, 2010, while Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
Book: Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia, co-edited with Ryuta Minami. Routledge: New York and New Delhi, (South Asia Edition) 2010.
1. ‘ “Mak[ing] … Strange / Even to the disposition that I owe”: Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool.’ Borrowers and Lenders: Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 3:1 (May 2010).
2. ‘Shakespeare and the Indian Image(nary):Embod(y)ment in Versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ in Replaying Shakespeare, New York and New Delhi: Routledge, 2010.
1. ‘ “Out, damned spot!” Performing Disorientation: Gestures and Meaning in Indian Theatres,’ at the ‘Orienting Shakespeare in East Asia’ Conference, held by the Shakespeare Forum, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 25-28 November 2010.
2. ‘ “You taught me language”: Shakespeare in India,’ invited speaker for the International Shakespeare Conference, ‘Shakespeare as Cultural Catalyst,’ The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon, U.K., 13 August 2010.
Lecture: Plenary lecture on Shakespeare for all sections of Introduction to Humanities students and faculty at University of Montana.
Dr. Payal Nagpal, JDM College
Ms. Deepti Bhardwaj (St. Stephen’s College)
Ms. Nidhi Sharma, SPM College
Dr. Shefali Rathore, SPM College
ACTIVITIES OF THE SOCIETY
The Shakespeare Society of India organised a very successful international workshop on “Shakespeare and the Art of Lying” in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, from October 3 to 7, 2009. The plenary papers were delivered by Prof. R.W. Desai, Prof. Stuart Sillars from the University of Bergen, Norway, Prof. Coppelia Kahn from Brown University, USA, Dr. Rolf Mueller from Germany, Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri from Jadavpur Univ., Kolkata and Prof. Shormishtha Panja, Univ. Of Delhi. In addition, Prof. V.C. Harris from MG Univ., Kottayam, Kerala, Dr. Gangeya Mukherjee, Fellow, IIAS, Dr. Swati Ganguly from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, Prof. Suhas Roy Moulick from North Bengal University, Siliguri, Dr. Mohini Khot from St. Mira’s College, Pune, Dr. Sudha Shastri from IIT Mumbai, Davinder Mohini Ahuja from Ramjas College, Univ. Of Delhi and Dr. Vandana Agrawal, PGDAV College, Univ. Of Delhi, read stimulating papers. The poet Sudeep Sen read from his verse. The papers of Dr. Purabi Panwar, College of Vocational Studies, Univ. Of Delhi, Dr. Abha Singh, Dyal Singh College (Eve.), Univ. Of Delhi and Dr. Vikram Chopra were discussed. Nivedita Basu could not be present due to ill health but her paper was read out and commented on. Prof. Bhalchandra Nemade, National Fellow, IIAS, presided over the inaugural session while Prof. Peter Ronald deSouza, Director, IIAS, presided over the valedictory session. Prof. Satish Aikant, Fellow, IIAS was present throughout the workshop making many valuable interventions. Each day was spent in energetic discussions of each and every paper. The format in which papers were circulated in advance and the programme was not crowded with too many papers met with approval. Our gratitude to Prof. Peter Ronald deSouza, Director, IIAS and the highly efficient staff of the IIAS led by Shashank Thakur for making every aspect of this intellectual feat so very stimulating. The weather in Shimla was perfect and the walks in the grounds as well as the tour of the historic building in which the IIAS is housed will remain in our memories for many years to come.
The Society organised a reading of “woodland scenes” from Shakespeare in the Lodhi Gardens, Delhi on December 6, 2009. Members energetically read scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and other plays. The reading was followed by a picnic lunch.
A film screening of Grigori Kozintsev’s remarkable film version of “”King Lear” was arranged at the Main Campus, Univ. Of Delhi, by SSI member, Nivedita Basu on March 4, 2010. Apart from SSI members, the screening was also attended by a large number of MA English students from the Univ. of Delhi.
The Shakespeare Society of India mourns the loss of Manjit S. Singh, who had so ably held the portfolios of Secretary and Treasurer in the Society. Manjit was a student of the University of Delhi and a teacher in the English Dept. of Kalindi College, Univ. Of Delhi. She fought an immensely brave battle with cancer, succumbing to that dread disease on April 7, 2009. She is survived by her father and two daughters. We have lost not just an indispensible part of the Society but a very dear friend. Our thanks to the many members who have sent in their condolences. These will be conveyed to the bereaved family. May her soul rest in peace.
Shormishtha Panja President, SSI
SHAKESPEARE PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS BY SSI MEMBERS
Paper Presentation: “‘Vexations of Art’ to Truth: Shakespeare’s Prospero and Bacon” at the international workshop on ” Shakespeare and the Art of Lying” organized by the Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 3-7, 2009.
AHUJA, DAVINDER MOHINI
Paper Presentation: “The Illusory Referent: The Spatial Imaginary and Gender as Fiction in Philip Sidney’s Arcadia and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night” at the international workshop on ‘Shakespeare and the Art of Lying’ organized by the Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 3-7, 2009.
Paper presentation: “Lying in Politics: The Case of Henry IV Part I” at the international workshop on ‘Shakespeare and the Art of Lying’ organized by the Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 3-7, 2009.
Publications: Book: The Metaphysics of Text. Cambridge University Press, 2010
Article: “W. W. Greg, Postmodernist” in Textual Cultures, Indiana, 4:2, 2009.
Publications: “‘Not Being Well Married’: The Portrayal of Clandestine Marriages
in As You Like It.’ Jadavpur University Essays and Studies XXIII (2009), pp. 65-82. ‘Shakespeare on Toast’ published in the Guest Column of the online news portal the Scape http://www.thescape.in/newsdetail.asp?newsid=368 February 4, 2010.
Publication: Paromita Chakravati and Swati Ganguly,’Dancing to Shakespeare: Crossing Genre and Gender in Tragedies’ in Poonam Trivedi and Minami Ryuta ed. Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia, Routledge; New York and London, 2010, pp 271-290.
Publications: Books: Relocating Shakespeare and Austen on Screen. Palgrave, 2009.
’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, in the Continuum Renaissance Drama Series. Continuum, 2010.
Articles: ‘Marlowe’s Asia and the Feminisation of Conquest’, in The English Renaissance, Orientalism, and the Idea of Asia, edited by Debra Johanyak and Walter Lim (Palgrave, 2010), 115-30.
‘Cymbeline, the translatio imperii, and the matter of Britain’, in Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly, edited by Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 143-155.
‘“Let not the soul of Nero enter this firm bosom”: Hamlet among the Romans’, in Vintage Shakespeare: New Perspectives from India and Abroad, edited by Prashant K. Sinha and Mohini Khot (Jaipur: Book Enclave, 2010), 41-65.
‘The words of a queen: Elizabeth I on stage and page’, in The Ritual and Rhetoric of Queenship, edited by Liz Oakley-Brown and Louise Wilkinson (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009), pp. 145-156.
‘Recent Critical Responses and Approaches’, in The Continuum Shakespeare Handbook, edited by Andrew Hiscock and Stephen Longstaffe (Continuum, 2009), 147-172.
‘Staging the Medici: The Medici Family in English Renaissance Drama, c. 1590 – c. 1640’, in Sun Yat-Sen Journal of Humanities 27 (February 2010), 63-74.
Conference Papers and Presentations:
‘Venice in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore’, at the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting, Venice, April 2010.
‘Teaching Editing’, plenary address at an English Subject Centre day on Teaching the Renaissance, University of Central Lancashire, March 2010.
‘The Gods on the Shakespearean Stage’, invited paper at the University of Wales Cardiff, March 2010.
‘The Places of the Gods on the English Renaissance Stage’, plenary address at ‘Early Modern Dis/Locations’, Northumbria University, January 2010.
‘“Papists and Poets of like conscience for fictions”: Religion and Responsibility in the Plays of Shakespeare’, invited paper at the Shakespeare Association of India meeting at M. D. University, Rohtak, India, October 2009.
‘The Earl of Essex and the Duke of Windsor: Elizabeth and Essex on Film’, at the British Shakespeare Association conference, London, September 2009.
Member of a National Theatre Platform event on Dido, Queen of Carthage, May 2009.
‘Staging the Medici’, at the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting, Los Angeles, March 2009.
Publications: “Rewriting Shakespeare in a Japanese Context for the Page and the Stage,” Shakespeare’s World / World Shakespeares: The Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World Congress Brisbane, 2006, ed. Richard Fortheringham, Christa Jansohn, and R.S.White. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008.
“Macbeth’s Time in the Swelling Act of the Imperial Theme,” Shakespeare’s Intellectual Background, ed. Bhim S. Dahiya, with an Introduction by R.W.Desai. New Delhi: Viva Books, 2008.
“Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Japan.” Shakespeare’s Sonnets Global, ed. Manfred Pfister and Jurgen Gutsch. Dozwil TG Switzerland, 2009.
Lectures: “Shakespeare Metamorphosed,” delivered on July 1, 2009 for the General Meeting of the Society of English Literature of Soka University.
Seven lectures on “Antony and Cleopatra” from October to December, 2009 for the citizens.
Chairperson: chaired the presentation of the research papers at the 49th Meeting of the Shakespeare Society of Japan
Publication: Book: Co-edited with Prashant Sinha, Vintage Shakespeare: New Perspectives from India and Abroad. Jaipur: Book Enclave, 2010.
Publications: Book: Co-edited with Shirshendu Chakrabarti and Christel Devadawson, Word, Image, Text: Studies in Literary and Visual Culture. Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2009. (Includes section of five essays on the Renaissance with an extended sectional introduction.)
Article: “Titian’s Poesie and Shakespeare’s Pictures” “Word, Image, Text: Studies in Literary and Visual Culture” eds. Shormishtha Panja, Shirshendu Chakrabarti and Christel Devadawson (Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2009).
Paper Presentations: “Castiglione, Shakespeare and Negative Politeness,” at the International Workshop on ‘Shakespeare and the Art of Lying’ organized by the Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 3-7, 2009.
“Civil Conversation: Raphael and Castiglione” at the International Seminar “Theatre Without Borders,” Villa la Pietra, Florence, May 23-27, 2009.
Director, International Workshop on “Shakespeare and the Art of Lying” SSI and IIAS, Simla, October 3-7, 2009.
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Paper Presentation: “Role Play, Hypocrisy, Lying and Creativity in Richard III” at the “International Workshop on Shakespeare and the Art of Lying”, organized by the Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 3-7, 2009.
Organized a National Seminar on “English Renaissance: Literature and Culture” at the University of North Bengal, March 3-4, 2009.
Paper presentation: “Rhetoric and Cross Dressing as Shakespeare’s Art of Lying in Twelfth Night” at the International Workshop on Shakespeare and the Art of Lying organized by the Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 3-7, 2009.
Publications:Book: Co-edited with Mohini Khot, Vintage Shakespeare: New Perspectives from India and Abroad. Jaipur: Book Enclave, 2010.
Review: “Soofia Siddiqui et al Shakespeare in India: A Selected Checklist of Performances, Translations and Adaptations”
Article: “Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance” 20(2009) pp 105-109.
Publication: Book: Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia, co-edited with Ryuta Minami, Routledge: New York, 2009.
Paper presentation: “Singing to Shakespeare,” Aclals Conference on ” Word, Image Text,” Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, 4-6 January, 2010.
Publications: Articles: ‘“No midway ‘twixt these extremes”: Conflict and Resolution in Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus’, in Vintage Shakespeare: New Perspectives from India and Abroad, edited by Prahant K. Sinha and Mohini Khot (Jaipur: Book Enclave,2010), 220-232.
‘Rhetoric, Hamlet and the Death of Ophelia’, Researcher (University of Jammu), 1:1 (2008), 5-12.
Paper presentations: ‘Reading Shakespeare Through Translation: A Note on a Hindi Translation of the Sonnets,’ at a seminar organized by the Department of English, Kurukshetra University and the Shakespeare Association of India to commemorate the quartercentenary of the publication of the Sonnets, Kurukshetra, February13, 2010.
1. Prof. Satish C. Aikant, Fellow, IIAS, Simla
2. Prof. V.C. Harris, Mahatma Gan Univ. Kottayam, Kerala
3. Rolf Mueller, Germany
4. Sudeep Sen, poet, Delhi
5. Dr. Mohini Khot, St. Mira’s College, Pune
6. Nabanita Chakravarty, Delhi
7. Sayantan Roy Moulick, Siliguri, West Bengal
8. Dipti Bhardwaj, Delhi
9. Paramita Dutta, Chandanagore Govt. College, West Bengal