Posts Tagged ‘Étienne Poulard’


Cardiff Shakespeare Postgraduate Researchers

April 3, 2012

Spotlight on some current English Literature PhD students with a focus on Shakespeare at Cardiff University:

Michael Goodman

Johann Gregory

Étienne Poulard


See all the current and recent PhD topics in Cardiff English, Communication and Philosophy here.


Review of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Cheek by Jowl)

April 26, 2011
Review of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (directed by Declan Donnellan for Cheek by Jowl) at the Silk Street Theatre, Barbican Centre, London, 10 April 2010
The latest issue of the British Shakespeare Association / Routledge journal Shakespeare, contains Étienne Poulard‘s (Cardiff University) review of Cheek By Jowl‘s Macbeth.
Find out more about the journal and the review here.


January 31, 2011

PaperForm is made of two words: paper and form. Brought together, these words also contain the word perform. Yes, everything’s in the title.

PaperForm is a reading group that looks at papers and their form. In other words, its main concern is the formal aspect of the delivery of papers (e.g. at conferences).

PaperForm considers a conference paper as a performative act: the reading group has a sustained interest in performativity and its implications in the life of an ‘academic’.

PaperForm focuses deliberately on practice, as opposed to theory.

PaperForm gives you space to present papers and receive feedback on the formal aspect of your delivery in a friendly and laid-back environment.

PaperForm aims at bringing postgraduates together to share more or less ‘academic’ interests.

PaperForm, although it is all about form, is definitely an informal workshop that takes place every two weeks on Mondays. It’s open to all postgraduates in ENCAP.


The PaperForm workshops will resume on Monday 31st January at 4.10pm, in room 2.46.

Any questions? Contact Étienne or leave a comment here.


Cardiff Shakespeare Publications

November 30, 2010

You can now view information (and links) to publications by students and academics at or from Cardiff University.

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Visions and Visionaries – Shakespeare Paper

October 25, 2010

Étienne Poulard will be presenting a paper today as part of the Visions and Visionaries project at Cardiff University.

The paper is entitled: ‘”Observation Strange”: Shakespearean Theories of Vision’

The interdisciplinary seminar, funded by Cardiff University Graduate Schools, is open to research students and staff at Cardiff University.

Visit the V&V facebook page here.


Étienne Poulard – Shakespeare’s Politics of Invisibility

March 7, 2010

Shakespeare’s Politics of Invisibility: Power and Ideology in The Tempest
Étienne Poulard

Cardiff University’s Étienne Poulard has an article published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Žižek Studies.

Click here to read the article.


With their paranaoiac visual regime, Shakespeare’s Jacobean plays uncannily anticipate Michel Foucault’s sense that ‘visibility is a trap.’ In The Tempest, Prospero’s panoptic rule brings this anti-ocularcentric crisis to a climax. The invisible eye of this god-like and omniscient ‘prince of power’ suggests that power will always already have included its own resistance, whose subversive potential is thus inherently defused. However, this all-inclusive power is sustained by an ideological narrative which has to remain hidden from the absolute ruler: indeed, ideology must remain invisible in order to keep the vacuity of the Real at bay.

The essay provides a Žižekian ideology critique of The Tempest. For Žižek, the main function of ideology is ‘to offer us the social reality itself as an escape,’ which is also the main dramatic axiom proposed by the play. To preserve this essential space of escape, Prospero’s fantasy of absolute power is consistently deferred to a perpetual tomorrow. Ultimately, by staging a traumatic encounter with the Real, The Tempest conveys the very Žižekian notion that power generates its own excess.

Slavoj Žižek gave a public lecture at Cardiff University on March 3rd. His paper was entitled:

First as Tragedy, then as Farce: Economic Crisis and Ideology Critique Today

See also Cardiff University’s Centre for Ideology Critique and Žižek Studies.

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