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The Stage and All the World

Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps
  • Conference Schedule
Hand-colored map, from Abraham Ortelius, Typus Orbis Terrarum (ca. 1600), Kislak Center
Hand-colored map, from Abraham Ortelius, Typus Orbis Terrarum (ca. 1600), Kislak Center

On exhibit April 18, 2016 - June 17, 2016

The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of two of the world's great writers: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Both authors lived in the golden age of European exploration when new discoveries were changing the way Europe understood and represented the world. This exhibit juxtaposes the way exploration and geography are represented in literature and in maps from the early modern period. Accompanying the exhibit will be a display of the digital project Shakespeare on the Map.

Installation views of The Stage and All the World

Spain and England in the Age of Cervantes and Shakespeare Connected Histories?

This one-day conference will explore literary and cultural intersections and highlight the Kislak Center's Spanish Golden Age and English Renaissance literature. The conference concludes with a performance by Penn's Underground Shakespeare Company. Participants include Marina Brownlee (Princeton), Roger Chartier (Penn), Steve Dolph (Penn), Georgina Dopico-Black (NYU), Antonio Feros (Penn), Carmen Peraita (Villanova), Melissa Sanchez (Penn), Peter Stallybrass (Penn), Sarah Wall-Randell (Wellesley), and Kathryn Swanton (CUNY). 

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History, English, and Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. We are also grateful to Sarah Horowitz and the Department of Special Collections, Haverford College Libraries for loaning materials for display on the day of the conference.

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016

    1:00-1:15 pm Welcome and Introduction

    1:15-2:30 pm Session 1

    • Zack Lesser (Penn) and Jorge Tellez (Penn), co-chairs
    • Marina Brownlee (Princeton), 'Shakespeare's Memory' and Cervantes
    • Sarah Wall-Randell (Wellesley), 'Discovering' Don Quixote: Romance Tropes and Cervantes' Early English Readers
    • Carmen Peraita (Villanova), Don Quixote, Part Two and Print Production in Madrid around 1615

    2:30-3:00 pm Coffee break and exhibition viewing

    3:00-3:45 pm Session 2

    • Richard Kagan (Johns Hopkins), chair
    • Antonio Feros (Penn), Othello and Ricote: Shakespeare's Moors, Cervantes' Moriscos
    • Kathryn Swanton (CUNY), On Dying and Living Well in Shakespeare and Cervantes

    3:45-4:30 pm Session 3

    • Michael Solomon (Penn), chair
    • Steve Dolph (Penn), Cervantes, the Pastoral, and the Question of Modernity
    • Melissa Sanchez (Penn), The Indignity of Sex in Measure for Measure

    4:30-5:30 pm Session 4

    • Rebecca Bushnell (Penn), chair
    • Roger Chartier (Penn), Shakespeare in Spain and Cervantes' England
    • Peter Stallybrass (Penn), Errancy, Collaboration, and Error: Authorship in Cervantes and Shakespeare

    5:30-6:00 pm Break and exhibition viewing

    6:00-6:30 pm Performance by Penn's Underground Shakespeare Company

    6:30-7:30 pm Closing Reception