Department of English

Douglas Bruster Gives Plenary Address at International Shakespeare Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon

Mon, August 18, 2008
Professor Douglas Bruster gave an invited plenary talk at the International Shakespeare Conference (ISC) in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer. The ISC, an elite, invitation-only gathering of the world’s leading scholars of Shakespeare, is held every two years at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford. Bruster’s paper, titled “Reading Shakespeareans,” focused on current modes of reading and interpretation in Shakespeare studies. Bruster is author, co-author, and editor of numerous studies of Shakespeare, including In the Company of Shakespeare, Shakespeare and the Question of Culture, Quoting Shakespeare, and Prologues to Shakespeare’s Theatre. Most recently, To Be or Not To Be, a study of Hamlet’s celebrated soliloquy, was published by Continuum Press.

This summer Bruster also taught a course on “Shakespeare in Performance” at Brasenose College, Oxford. Under his guidance, forty UT undergraduates attended a variety of Shakespeare productions, including a performance of Hamlet starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford.
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