Open to the Public
Time 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Location NYUAD Campus, Conference Center View map
Why and how have Arab writers and theatre directors since 1900 deployed Shakespeare’s plays? Where did they get their Shakespeare to begin with? Setting aside the clichés about Shakespeare’s alleged “universality,” this talk explores several episodes from the Arab Shakespeare tradition to show how they can illuminate not only the Arab theatre world but, more broadly, the interplay between international art forms, local expressive needs, and the historically weighted ties between modern literary cultures.
Image Credit: Ruud Jonkers
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Margaret Litvin Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Boston University