September 12-14, 2011
Shakespeare’s Hamlet and its innumerable rewrites and intertextual traces have been shaping literary and cultural production for centuries. This multidisciplinary conference, organised by Dr Márta Minier (University of Glamorgan) and Dr Ruth J. Owen (Cardiff University) brought together scholars of literature from Modern Languages, English, Drama, Translation Studies and Creative Writing to reflect on the rewrites and traces in poetry.
The conference focused on the interrelationships between Hamlet and poetry in terms of influence, allusion, intertextuality and transposition. Whilst Hamlet has made possible some great modern poems, the ramifications of Shakespeare’s play for poetry and poetics have been considerably less charted than the narrative and dramatic rewrites. This conference aimed to redress the balance by examining how, and to what ends, poetry has recourse to Hamlet, its fragments and its translations.
Professor Neil Corcoran (University of Liverpool), author of Shakespeare and the Modern Poet (CUP, 2010) delivered a keynote entitled “A Politics of Translation: Robert Lowell/Boris Pasternak; Czeslaw Milosz/Zbigniew Herbert; William Shakespeare/Ciaran Carson”.
Other speakers include:
The conference also featured a poetry reading by Elin ap Hywel and Philip Gross.
Dowload a copy of the conference programme here.