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Object and Adaptation: The Worlds of Shakespeare and Cervantes, Act 3

A Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Their Deaths and a Comparative Study of Their Enduring Influence

October 13-14, 2016

UB Center for the Arts
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the pre-eminent authors of poetic drama and of narrative in the western tradition and the subjects, this year, of world-wide celebration.

Our Conference, which began this past spring with a consideration of the “Object” of this interest—the texts of these authors and their survival—now continues with their “Adaptation”: their enduring reputation and influence in scholarship, in performance, in education, in popular culture, in politics and policy, in the imagination.

To the initial talks by Oxford University First Folio scholar Emma Smith, “From the Barbican to Buffalo: Why Shakespeare’s First Folio Matters” (Act 1, March 28), and by University of Pennsylvania historians of the book Peter Stallybrass and Roger Chartier, “Shakespeare’s Desk” and “Publishing Shakespeare and Cervantes in Seventeenth Century” (Act 2, April 6), we now add the following Act 3: talks, commentaries, performances, and a concluding roundtable which explore the influence and adaptation of the works of Shakespeare and Cervantes not just in drama and narratology but also in religious and political aesthetics, animal studies and ecocriticism, humoralism and affect theory, globalisms, and experimental poetry.

Here in America the backbone of these celebrations is the nationwide tour of 18 of the known 233 Shakespeare First Folios mounted by the Folger Shakespeare Library. But Buffalo did not have to bid for a place on the Folger travelling tour, since we own two sets of all four 17th-century Shakespeare Folios (1623, 1632, 1663, 1685), one at the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, and the other at UB Special Collections. On October 4th at the B&ECPL they will be united for the first time ever as part of a wide-ranging exhibit which will remain up for the rest of the year, and celebrated there on Thursday, October 13th, from 5-7 pm, in a free “Shakespeare Jubilee,” which will double as the reception for our Conference.

All events are free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register if you intend to stay for the lunches: https://objectandadaptation.wordpress.com/register/. Explore this web-site to find a detailed description of the Conference and its participants and the “Shakespeare Jubilee,” and come join us on October 13th and 14th!
Humanities Institute

shakespeare-logo-final1Additional sponsors: UB Dean of Undergraduate Education, UB Department of English, UB Department of History, UB Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Libraries, UB Early Modern Research Workshop, UB Performance Research Workshop, UB Academies, UB Honors College, UB Gender Institute, UB 2020 Strategic Strength in Cultures & Texts, The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, SUNY Buffalo State

For the conference poster, see ub-hi-shakespeare-poster-proof

For more information on the year-long Shakespeare commemorative activities in the Buffalo-Niagara region, see also https://buffalobard.wordpress.com/