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'''Opening Reception and Symposium Registration'''
:Welcome and Chair: '''[[Kathleen Lynch]]''', Folger Institute
Welcome and Chair: '''[[Kathleen Lynch]]''', Folger Institute
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Shakespeare’s Theatrical Documents
- A Spring 2016 Folger Institute Symposium
Description: As well as being called “play-makers” and “poets,” playwrights in early modern England were sometimes known as “play-patchers.” This is because plays themselves could be viewed as a collection of odds and ends rather than a whole entity. This symposium, sponsored by the Institute’s Center for Shakespeare Studies as part of its triennial anniversary programming, will bring together panels of major scholars to explore the “patches” that made up Shakespeare’s texts before, during, and after performance. Participants will consider the documents from which a play was constructed (including plot-scenarios and snatches of co-authored text); the documents from which a play was performed (including actors’ parts, stage scrolls, prologues and epilogues, backstage plots, and arguments); and the documents into which a play resolved after performance (including ballads, chapbooks, and passages in miscellanies and commonplace books). Investigating the way documents inform and complicate our ideas about play-construction, performance, revision, and reception, the symposium will ask participants to consider whether plays themselves were ever whole entities: what is a play?
Organizers: Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama at Oxford University and a General Editor of Arden 4 Shakespeare. Her books include Shakespeare in Parts (co-written with Simon Palfrey, 2007) and Documents of Performance in Early Modern England (2009). She is currently writing a book about theaters and fairs, and another about documents after performance. She is organizing this symposium with Owen Williams, the Institute’s Assistant Director for Scholarly Programs.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Opening Reception and Symposium Registration
Plenary Lecture: “From Script to Stage to Script”
Friday, March 18, 2016
Documents before Performance
- Welcome: Owen Williams, Folger Institute
Documents of Rehearsal
12:15-1:30: Lunch (on your own)
Documents during Performance
3:00-3:30: Tea Break
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Documents after Performance
Playtexts as Documents
12:15-1:45: Lunch (on your own)
Lost Documents; Absent Documents; Forged Documents
3:15-4:00: Tea Break
Wrap-up Session: Rethinking Shakespeare’s Theatrical Documents