Shakespeare in Tatters: Referencing His Works on Film and Television

Ferrara, Italy, May 10-11, 2013

Organized by Professor Mariangela Tempera, this conference celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Centro Shakespeariano Ferrara in Italy. Alexa Alice Joubin gave the concluding keynote address.

    Shakespeare’s plays and motifs have been appropriated in fragmentary forms on screen since motion pictures were invented in 1893. Allusions to Shakespeare haunt our contemporary culture in a myriad of ways, whether through brief references or sustained intertextual engagements. 

     Conference delegates went beyond a US-UK axis to explore Shakespearean appropriations in unexpected contexts in lesser-known films and television shows in India, Brazil, Russia, France, Australia, South Africa, East-Central Europe and Italy, with reference to some filmed stage works.

     Papers from this conference have since been published in Onscreen Allusions to Shakespeare: International Films, Television, and Theatre, edited by Alexa Alice Joubin and Victoria Bladen (Palgrave, 2022).

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