U of G Hosts Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium

September 02, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

What is the relationship between Shakespeare and the popular music of artists such as Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and Eminem?

This question is the focus of the Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium running Sept. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Guelph.

The University community and general public are invited to attend the one-day event, which will be held in Room 107 of the MacKinnon Building in affiliation with Orientation Week events.

Hosted by the School of English and Theatre Studies and the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Research Project, the colloquium will feature roundtable and panel discussions involving Canadian and international professors and graduate students.

Adam Hansen, an English professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, and author of Shakespeare and Popular Music, will give the keynote lecture on “Predicting Riots: Shakespeare Goes Pop in the City.” He will also participate in a roundtable discussion on “Shakespeare, Music and Pedagogy”
with three U of G faculty.

Panel discussions will focus on:

“What a Piece of Work Is Man: Gendered Voices and New Directions”;
“’Vomit on His Sweater Already, Mom’s Spaghetti’: The Performance of Masculinity in 8 Mile and Two Gentlemen of Verona”;
“The Commercialization of Nothingness: King Lear and Bob Dylan’s Experiments in the Basement”;
“’Revels in the Songs That He Sings’: A Musical Exploration in Storytelling of William Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece”;
“’You Are a Lover, Borrow Cupid’s Wings and Soar With Them Above a Common Bound': Romeo and Juliet and the Modern Cultural Imaginary”;
“Humours, Hormones and Harmonics: Baz/Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet”;
“Modernization, Transformation, Returning to the Source: Mark Knopfler’s Rendition of Romeo and Juliet”;
“Shakespeare: Good Beats and Great Lyrics”; and
“Giving Rhyme a Reading: Correlations Among Shakespeare, Hip-Hop and Social Change.”

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