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Shakespeare and the Jews is a celebration of the rich and multifaceted relationship between Shakespeare and the Jews spanning five centuries from Elizabethan times to the 21st century. This international and multidisciplinary conference explores issues relating to Shakespeare and the Jews from numerous perspectives, including those of literary criticism, translation studies, history, drama, and cultural studies. The conference brings together a diverse range of researchers from around the globe. It coincides with a UCL student/staff production of Isaac Salkinson’s Ram and Jael, the first Hebrew translation of Romeo and Juliet (Vienna, 1878) (see for details and booking information).

This event is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Attendance is free of charge.

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Tuesday 28 March

8:30-9:00 Registration

Opening address

9:00-9:30 Lily Kahn (UCL)

Domesticating Techniques in Isaac Salkinson’s Hebrew Shakespeare Translations

Session 1: Shakespeare’s England and the Jews

Chair: Andrea Schatz (King’s College London)

9:30-10:00 Efraim Sicher (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

The Conversion of Jessica: Race, Religion, and Gender in The Merchant of Venice

10:00-10:30 Cynthia Seton-Rogers (University of Texas at Dallas)

The Exceptions to the Rule: Jews in Shakespeare's England

10:30-11:00 José Alberto Rodrigues da Silva Tavim (Center for History, University of Lisbon, CIDEHUS, University of Évora)

Elizabethan Orientalia: “Jews” in Late Tudor England and the Ottoman Jews

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Session 2: Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the Jews

Chair: Christopher Stamatakis (UCL)

11:30-12:00 Neslihan Ekmekçioğlu (Çankaya University)

Shakespeare and Aemilia Bassano Lanier’s ‘Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum’

12:00-12:30 Lisa S. Starks (University of South Florida St. Petersburg)

Ovid, Protean “Personation,” and the Figure of the Male Jew in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta

12:30-13:00 Adriana Streifer (University of Virginia)

Jewish Renegades and Renegade Jews in Robert Daborne’s A Christian Turned Turk

13:00-14:15 Lunch break

Session 3: Political and economic perspectives on Shylock

Chair: Jelena Čalić (UCL)

14:15-14:45 Richard H. Weisberg (Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University)

Triangulation as a Problem in the Plays and Sonnets

14:45-15:15 Araceli Gaton (CEU San Pablo University)

The Black Hawk Down Curse of the Stereotype and the Extent of Shylock’s Game

15:15-15:45 Anna Carleton Forrester (University of Georgia)

“Which is the merchant here, and which is the Jew?”: Alterity, Sameness, and Irony in Venice

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

Session 4: Jewish and Christian theological elements in Shakespeare

Chair: Eszter Tarsoly (UCL)

16:15-16:45 Richard Hillman (Université François-Rabelais de Tours)

Mercy Unjustified: A Further Intertext for The Merchant of Venice

16:45-17:15 Jeffrey Shoulson (University of Connecticut)

Shakespeare, King Lear, and the Jewish Job

17:15-17:45 Caroline Lion (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)

Beyond Violence: The Merchant of Venice in 2017

19:30 Performance

Student/staff production of Isaac Salkinson’s Ram and Jael

Venue: Bloomsbury Studio, UCL

Wednesday 29 March

Session 5: 19th-century Hebrew Shakespeare translations

Chair: Adriana X. Jacobs (Oxford)

9:00-9:30 Eran Tzelgov (Northwestern University/Raav Publishing House)

The Task of the Hebrew Translation: Isaac Salkinson, Perez Smolenskin and Shakespeare in Hebrew

9:30-10:00 Eran Shuali (University of Strasbourg)

The Use of Biblical Language in Isaac Salkinson’s Hebrew Translations, with Special Attention to His Translations of Othello (1874) and Romeo and Juliet (1878)

Session 6: Shakespeare and the Jews in the press

Chair: Geraldine Brodie (UCL)

10:00-10:30 Gideon Kouts (University of Paris 8)

The Merchant of Venice and the Hebrew Press

10:30-11:00 Maria-Clara Versiani Galery (University of Ouro Preto)

Shylock, Al Pacino and Michael Radford’s Merchant of Venice: A Study of Reception

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Session 7: Shakespeare and Jewish education

Chair: Sacha Stern (UCL)

11:30-12:00 Rosa Reicher (University of Heidelberg)

“Go out and learn”: Shakespeare, ‘Bildung’ and the Jewish Youth Movement in Germany between Integration and Jewish Self-Identification

12:00-12:30 Esther B. Schupak (Bar-Ilan University)

Teaching Shakespeare in Israel

12:30-13:00 Rebecca Gillis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Teatrum Mundi: Teaching Shakespeare Performance to Israeli Medical Students

13:00-14:15 Lunch break

Session 8: 20th- and 21st-century Hebrew Shakespeare translations

Chair: Tsila Ratner (UCL)

14:15-14:45 Atar Hadari (Liverpool Hope University)

The Word of the Lord to Shylock: Biblical and Post-Biblical Forms in the Translations of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice into Hebrew

14:45-15:15 Shiran Avni Barmatz (UCL)

Biblical Echoes in Meir Wieseltier’s Hebrew Translation of Macbeth

15:15-15:45 Adriana X. Jacobs (University of Oxford)

Ha-im ata dome le-yom aviv?: Anna Herman Translates the Sonnets

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

Session 9: Panel - The Merchant of Venice in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Chair: François Guesnet (UCL)

16:15-16:45 Edna Nahshon (Jewish Theological Seminary)

A Hebrew-Speaking Shylock on the New York Stage: Shylock ’47 at the Pargod Theatre (1947)

16:45-17:15 Gad Kaynar-Kissinger (Tel Aviv University)

Shylock in Buchenwald: Hanan Snir’s Israeli-German Production (Weimar 1995)

17:15-17:45 Michael Shapiro (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Merchant ON Venice [Boulevard, Los Angeles] (Chicago, 2007): Universalizing Shakespeare’s Play

17:45-18:15 Book launch

Wrestling with Shylock: Jewish Responses to the Merchant of Venice, ed. Edna Nahshon and Michael Shapiro (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

18:15-19:15 Keynote lecture

Chair: Ada Rapoport-Albert (UCL)

Avraham Oz (University of Haifa)

Coming to Terms with Shylock

Thursday 30 March

Session 10: Shakespeare and the Jews in 20th-century global history

Chair: Aneta Mancewicz (Kingston University)

9:00-9:30 Alessandra Bassey (King’s College London)

Shylock and the Nazis – Continuation or Reinvention?

9:30-10:00 Michaela Mudure (Babes-Bolyai University)

Shakespeare and the Romanian Extreme Right during the Interwar Period

10:00-10:30 Xiu Gao (Bar-Ilan University)

The Reconstructed Image of Jews from the Perspective of Imagology in Two Chinese Translations of The Merchant of Venice

10:30-11:00 Zoltán Imre (Eötvös University Budapest)

Theatre and Ideology: Staging The Merchant of Venice at the Hungarian National Theatre in 1940 and 1986

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Session 11: Anglo-Jewish adaptations of Shakespeare

Chair: Márta Minier (University of South Wales)

11:30-12:00 Jeanette R. Malkin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Eckart Voigts (Technische Universität Braunschweig)

Beyond Shylock: Contemporary British-Jewish Theatre and Shakespeare‘s The Merchant of Venice

12:00-12:30 Thomas Luk (Hang Seng Management College)

Shakespeare and Appropriation: Arnold Wesker's Re-Writing of Shylock in The Merchant

12:30-13:00 Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire)

Patrimony, Paternity, and Appropriation: Redeeming Jewish Culture in Howard Jacobson's Shylock is My Name

13:00-14:15 Lunch break

Session 12: Shakespeare and the Yiddish and Hebrew stages

Chair: Helen Beer (UCL)

14:15-14:45 Sara Coodin (University of Oklahoma)

Midrash from the Margins: Rewriting Shakespeare for the Modern Yiddish Stage

14:45-15:15 Özlem Özmen (Hacettepe University)

Identity and Gender Politics in Contemporary Shakespearean Rewriting: Julia Pascal’s The Yiddish Queen Lear

15:15-15:45 Yair Lipshitz (Tel Aviv University)

Hebrew Letters and the Performativity of Language in a Spoken Word Macbeth

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

Session 13: Shylock at the turn of the 21st century

Chair: Emma Harris (Woolf Institute, Cambridge)

16:15-16:45 Tobias Döring (University of Munich)

Shylock in Munich (1978—2001—2015)

16:45-17:15 Roger Wooster (University of South Wales)

Deproblematising Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: Text and Pretexts for Changing Subtext

17:15-17:45 Cynthia May Martin (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Shylock and Shylock: One Man (Shows) and Two Identities

17:45-18:00 Concluding remarks

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