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Shakespeare Winter Arts Fest

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will be hosting two events at the Main Library as  part of the Winter Arts Fest. 



WHEN: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2pm

WHERE: NDSU Library Weber Reading Room

John K. Cox, "Shakespeare in Eastern Europe" (Global Shakespeares 2/2 @ NDSU Library)

Shakespeare's reputation in the countries behind the Iron Curtain was remarkably powerful from 1945-1991 and had amazing staying power. This reputation functioned not so much as "a marker of high culture" (to quote my colleague Dr. Birmingham, who is presenting on Japan) but as a variable measure of openness to the West and as a source of powerful historical metaphors that could be used to buttress inconvenient political truths. In this presentation we'll examine this mobilization of Shakespearean imagery and themes by looking at a controversial novel about the 1953 East German uprising against the USSR (The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, by Günter Grass), underground performances that inspired dissident movements with their humanism, the Yugoslav love of Twelfth Night because of its Balkan setting, and the role of Hamlet as political prophet in the writings of the Albanian intellectual Ismail Kadare. Yes, Shakespeare is alive and well east of the Rhine! 

Betsy Birmingham, Professor, NDSU English, "Shakespeare in Japan" (Global Shakespeares 2/2 @ NDSU Library)

Although here is no doubt that “Shakespeare” functions a globalized brand, with international cache, that brand’s meaning in Japan as a marker of high culture has diminished in past years, as the Japanese have unabashedly appropriated unorthodox Shakespeares in pop culture artifacts such as adult theater, manga, and anime. This presentation will consider Shakespeare’s influence in Japanese pop culture from Robio to Robietto, a 1965 manga love story of two robots by Osamu Tezuka (the god of manga), to the 2011 All-Female Naughty Shakespeare Series, Nosatsu Hamuretto (Erotic, Gorgeous, and Lascivious: Hamlet), to the 2013 anime series Zetsuen no Tempest (Blast of Tempest), and a few things in between.

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WHEN: Tuesday, February 16th, 2pm

WHERE: NDSU Library Weber Reading Room

Don E. Larew, Professor Emeritus, NDSU Theatre, "Shakespeare on the Prairie, 1916" (Shakespeare in America 2/16 @ NDSU Library)

The Drama League of America planted the seed for a nation-wide celebration in 1916 of 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's passing. Fargo-Moorhead germinated that seed into a unique, fully realized, community wide event that included parade, pageant in Island Park and multiple theatrical productions of the Bard presented by the local high schools, colleges and community groups.

Don Johnson, Assistant Professor, NDSU History, "Shakespeare and the American Revolution" (Shakespeare in America 2/16 @ NDSU Library)

The drama of the American Revolution played out not only on the battlefield but also on the stage.  Over long winters quartered in towns and encampments, both British officers and Revolutionary soldiers performed a variety of English plays, with Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies becoming particular favorites of British officers in occupied Philadelphia and New York.  Far from a simple diversion, however, the selection of plays, and the circumstances of their performance, reflected not only politics but also many of the social, gender, and racial divisions within occupied cities and Revolutionary America as a whole.

 

To see a full list of Winter Arts Fest events visit winterartsfest.org. 

 

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