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'Shakespeare and the Zanj'

Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Thursday, 30 January 2014 from 17:00 to 18:30 (GMT)

'Shakespeare and the Zanj'

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'Shakespeare and the Zanj'

By Edward Wilson-Lee

Abstract: This lecture – which draws on a larger project charting the reception, translation, and performance of Shakespeare in East Africa from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day – will use the widespread idolization of Shakespeare (by British travellers, the Arab elite, native Africans, and Indian settlers) to examine cultural relations on the Swahili Coast (the Zanj) in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. From the use of Shakespeare in Anglo-Omani diplomacy on Zanzibar to the rich history of performance in Mombasa of translations by Aga Hashr Kashmiri (the ‘Indian Shakespeare’), this hidden history provides rich and instructive examples of how art connects and divides cultures.

Biography: Dr Edward Wilson-Lee teaches early modern literature, Shakespeare, and medieval literature Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge; his research looks broadly at literature and the history of the book in the early modern period, and he is currently working on the history of Shakespeare reading/performance/translation in East Africa, as well as on the ways in which collections were organized in the early ages of print.

 

 

 

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Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Road
NW1 London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 30 January 2014 from 17:00 to 18:30 (GMT)


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Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

AKU-ISMC provides a multifaceted approach to the study of Muslim civilisations - within a framework of world cultures and through the humanities and social sciences - allowing for a wider analytical and comparative perspective. This approach is reflected in a post-graduate master's programme, professional programmes and through quality research and publications. It is reinforced by a unique bibliographical project, the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts.

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