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UTSA hosts April 16 symposium on worldwide influence of Shakespeare

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(April 13, 2010)--The UTSA Friends of Shakespeare and the Department of English will host a symposium on the works of William Shakespeare, "Will Around the World: A Symposium on International Shakespeare," from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Friday, April 16 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the Main Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The symposium will feature a panel of literary experts from San Antonio and Austin. Panelists will discuss the long-term cultural authority of Shakespeare's plays on page, stage and screen in settings from Jerusalem to New Mexico and beyond. A question and answer session will follow the discussions.

Panelists Jeffrey Rufo and Krupa Shandilya of Trinity University will discuss "Le Duel d'Hamlet: Sarah Bernhardt vs. the Bard" and "Othello and Omkara: Caste as Race in an Indian Adaptation of Othello." Myrriah Gomez and Mark Bayer of UTSA will address "Crypto-Judaic Practice in the Merchant of Santa Fe" and "Shylock in the Middle East." Douglas Bruster of UT Austin will provide a response and commentary.

For more information, contact Mark Allen at 210-458-5358.



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