Walter Benjamin and Shakespeare
A Conference co-hosted by the Walter Benjamin London Research Network, Kingston University, and The Warburg Institute
Date: 28 November 2018, 4:00pm – 29 November 2018, 5:00pm
Venue: The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
One of the key figures in Walter Benjamin’s Origin of the German Mourning Play is Hamlet; for Benjamin as for Schmitt and Agamben, Shakespeare’s tragedy is emblematic of a political theology as distinctive for the 17th century as for its latter day reception in the 20th century. There are, however, repeated references to Shakespeare throughout Benjamin’s writings. While a central part of the workshop will focus on Hamlet, the Baroque and Benjamin’s theory of the mourning play, the workshop will also seek to offer analyses of the constancy of reference to Shakespeare, both tragic and comic, in translation and in stagecraft. The workshop will open with a discussion of the new Italian translation of Benjamin’s Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels, presented by the translators Alice Barale and Fabrizio Desideri.
Speakers include: Alice Barale, Fabrizio Desideri, Julia Reinhard Lupton, Freddie Rokem, Howard Caygill, Julia Ng, Andrew Benjamin, and Björn Quiring.
A full programme will be announced shortly. Free and open to all.
For booking please visit the event page at The Warburg Institute.