Shakespeare and Cervantes

Oct. 13 - 14, 2016: Eight of the world's most distinguished and downright interesting Shakespeare and Cervantes scholars come to UB for “Object and Adaptation: The Worlds of Shakespeare and Cervantes,” a conference marking the 400 anniversary of the death of both writers.

Literary leaders on Shakespeare and Cervantes

  • Sarah Beckwith, Duke University, “Shakespeare’s Book of Second Chances: The Winter’s Tale and Its Hauntings”
  • Bruce Burningham, Illinois State University “Crouching Squire, Hidden Madman: Ah Gan’s Don Quixote and Postmodern China”
  • Sheila Cavanagh, Emory University, “Of Every Nation a Traveler: Shakespeare in the Electronic Global World”
  • William Egginton. Johns Hopkins University “Fiction in the Age of Inflammatory Media”
  • Barbara Fuchs, UCLA, “Shakespearean Properties, Or How to Diversify the Theatrical Canon”
  • Jean Howard, Columbia University, “Re-Imagining the History Play in the Age of Thatcher”
  • Laurie Shannon, Northwestern University, “Hamlet’s Kindness”
  • Julian Yates. University of Delaware, “Macbeth’s Bubbles/Shakespeare’s Cosmopolitics” 

Conference Details

  • Hosted by the UB Humanities Institute (Oct. 13 and 14, 2016)
  • Center for the Arts Screening Room, North Campus
  • 9:30 am-4pm both days
  • the conference and most other events are free and open to the public

For more information about all of the regional events in this Shakespeare commemorative year, see https://buffalobard.wordpress.com/

For the detailed schedule including conference abstracts, and to register in advance for lunches both days, see https://objectandadaptation.wordpress.com/

Additional activities

  • Thursday (10/13) 3:00 p.m. in the CFA Screening Room: UB Gray Chair of Poetry and Poetics Steve McCaffrey and friends will read from his poem “Dark Ladies” 
  • Thursday (10/13) 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. — the after-party at the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, UB English Department Professor and Dean of Undergraduate Education Andy Stott will host a “Shakespeare Jubilee” 
    • Tours of the outstanding rare books exhibit of Buffalo’s unprecedented eight 17-century Shakespeare Folios
      • these folios, four of which UB owns and four owned by the B&ECPL, will be “wed” in a prior ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
    • Tours of the “Milestones of Science” exhibit and prequel snippets from UB’s Theatre and Dance’s two fall Shakespeare-themed productions, Return from the Forbidden Planet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   
    • (these folios, four of which are owned by UB and four of which are owned by the B&ECPL, will be “wed” in a prior 
  • Friday (10/14) conference concludes with a reading from historian Roger Chartier’s essay “When Shakespeare met Cervantes,” and a conference roundtable.