Walter Benjamin and Shakespeare

Walter Benjamin and Shakespeare
28 November 2018, 4.00pm - 29 November 2018, 5.00pm
The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Please note this event will now be held at Chancellor's Hall in Senate House.

One of the key figures in Walter Benjamin’s Origin of the German Mourning Play is Hamlet; for Benjamin as for Schmitt and Agamben, Shakespeare's tragedy is emblematic of a political theology as distinctive for the 17th century as for its latter day reception in the 20th century. There are, however, repeated references to Shakespeare throughout Benjamin’s writings. While a central part of the workshop will focus on Hamlet, the Baroque and Benjamin’s theory of the mourning play, the workshop will also seek to offer analyses of the constancy of reference to Shakespeare, both tragic and comic, in translation and in stagecraft. The workshop will open with a discussion of the new Italian translation of Benjamin’s Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels, presented by the translators Alice Barale and Fabrizio Desideri.

Speakers include: Alice Barale, Fabrizio Desideri,Julia Reinhard Lupton, Freddie Rokem, Howard Caygill, Julia Ng, Andrew Benjamin, Björn Quiring and Fabrizio Desideri.

This conference is organised by Andrew Benjamin, Anniversary Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Kingston University and Julia Ng, Lecturer in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Wednesday 28 November:

3:30-4:00 Registration


4:00-4:10 Welcome: Bill Sherman 


4:10-5:15 Translating Walter Benjamin's Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels: Alice Barale, Fabrizio Desideri 


5:30-7:00 Julia Reinhard Lupton — Creature Caliban Revisited: Shakespeare, Benjamin, and the Idea of Post-Tragic Form 


Thursday 29 November:


9:00-9:30 Registration 


09:30-10:45 Freddie Rokem — “But a storm is blowing from Paradise”/”Aber ein Sturm weht vom Paradiese her”: Walter Benjamin and The Tempest


10:45-11:00 Refreshments


11:00-11:45 Howard Caygill — Benjamin, Kraus and the Sonnet Form


11:45-12:30 Julia Ng — As You Like It: Benjamin’s Comic Infinite 


12:30-1:30 Lunch Break


1:30-2:15 Björn Quiring — Hamlet’s Pregnant Silence


2:15-3:00 Fabrizio Desideri — Out of Joint. Hamlet and the End of the Trauerspiel

3:00-3:15 Refreshments 


3:15-4:00 Concluding Roundtable (Chair: Andrew Benjamin) 


4:00-5:00 Reception 

Free and open to all.


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