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Sophie Battell: Hospitality in Shakespeare

March 24, 2015

Simon Russell Beale, centre, is in compelling form in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Timon Of Athens (2012)

Sophie Battell (Cardiff University) will be presenting a paper on “Hospitality in Shakespeare” as part of a panel on “Faire la fête à la Renaissance: Renaissance Feasts and Festivals” at this year’s Renaissance Society of America conference in Berlin.

 

Paper Abstract

Shakespeare’s dark ‘middle comedies’ depict rituals of feasting in interesting, but often uneasy ways. In Troilus and Cressida, when the city of Troy is at war and under siege, the risk of offering hospitality to one’s enemy is great. The play presents blended moments of hospitality and hostility mixed, as when the Greek warrior, Ulysses describes his intended entertaining of the Trojan warrior, Hector: “I’ll heat his blood with Greekish wine tonight, / Which with my scimitar I’ll cool tomorrow. / Patroclus, let us feast him to the height”. In Timon of Athens, meanwhile, the relentless show of hospitality’s maimed rites and broken banquets is perhaps what has led so many modern critics to describe the play as difficult and essentially ‘unpalatable’. My paper aims to demonstrate how Troilus and Cressida and Timon of Athens invert rituals of feasting, leading to moments of dark theatrical spectacle.

Find out more here:

http://www.rsa.org/?page=2015Berlin#schedule

Sophie Battell tweets for Cardiff Shakespeare @CardiffShakes

 

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Cardifff Uni Speakers at “Shakespeare: The Philosopher” Conference

September 12, 2014

Christopher Norris and Sophie Battell will be speaking today at the conference “Shakespeare: The Philosopher” taking place at the University of Hertfordshire.

Norris, Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff, is speaking on Wittgenstein and Shakespeare. Battell, a PhD candidate at Cardiff, is speaking on “Language and Exile in Richard II“.

Find out more here:

http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/events/2014/september/shakespeare-the-philosopher

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“Talking Turk”: Linguistic Otherness in Massinger’s The Renegado (1624)

July 8, 2014

Othello and Desdemona in Venice, Théodore Chassériau, 1850

“Are we turned Turks and to ourselves do that / Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites?” (Othello 2.3.164-5)

Sophie Battell (Cardiff University) will be giving a paper today at the Durham University conference “On the Fringes: Outsiders and Otherness in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds”. Her paper is entitled “Talking Turk: Linguistic Otherness in Massinger’s The Renegado (1624)”. Mark Truesdale from Cardiff University will also be giving a paper at the conference, entitled “‘I will cracke thy crowne’: The Carnivalesque Politics of the Fifteenth-Century King and Commoner Tradition”.

Find out more here.

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Hospitality at War in Shakespeare’s *Troilus and Cressida* at Derrida Today

May 29, 2014

Roderick Mead (June 25, 1900 – 1971): Trojan Horse, ca. 1940s-1950s – color engraving, aquatint and soft ground etching on paper (Smithsonian)

Sophie Battell (Cardiff University) will be speaking at the Derrida Today conference in New York tomorrow.

 

Her paper is entitled “Hospitality at War in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida“.

 

Find out more here.

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Early Modern Memory Conference

May 8, 2014

Rivetingly plausible … Greg Hicks as Leontes in The Winter’s Tale at the RSC Photograph: Tristram Kenton

Sophie Battell (Cardiff University) will be speaking at the Early Modern Memory Conference, Worcester University, 8-9 May.

Her paper is entitled:

“‘Flowers of Winter’: The dramatic animation of memory in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

Find out more about the conference here.

 

 

 

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Hospitality as Intralingual Translation in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

June 26, 2013

Panel 3a: Literature in Translation, Translation in Literature

Sophie Battell (Cardiff University) will be speaking this Friday on

“Hospitality as Intralingual Translation in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1597)”

Her paper is part of the conference Translations: Exchange of Ideas – 2013.

Find out  more here.

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