Conference Programme


‘All things changed to the contrary’

Comic-Tragic Contiguities in the Verona Plays


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June 22 2016

Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Sala Convegni

9.30 Registration

10.00 Conference Greetings

10.15 Opening Remarks: Silvia Bigliazzi (University of Verona)

Morning Session

Contiguities in the Verona Plays

Chair: Lisanna Calvi (University of Verona)

10.30-11.00 David Schalkwyk (Queen Mary, University of London): “Giving and Taking in Verona: The Two Gentlemen vs Romeo and Juliet

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

Tragic-Comic Filiations in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Chair: Maria Del Sapio (University of Roma Tre)

11.30-12.00 Susanne Wofford (New York University): “Freedom and Constraint in Courtship Across the Boundary of Rank: The ‘Jest Unseen’ of Love Letters in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Lope de Vega’s El Perro del Hortelano (Dog in a Manger)”

12.00-12.30 Flavia Palma (University of Verona): “Tragic-Comic Patterns in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Its Sources

12.30-13.00 Lisanna Calvi (University of Verona): “Veering Towards Comedy: Benjamin Victor’s Adaptation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1762)”

13.00 Lunch

Afternoon Session

Performing The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet

Chair: Loretta Innocenti (University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari)

15.00-15.30 Melissa Walter (University of the Fraser Valley): “Object and Empathy in The Two Gents’ Two Gentlemen of Verona

15.30-16.00 Christie Carson (Royal Holloway, University of London): “Looking at Two Productions of the Two Gents: From the Globe Stage to the RSC (2012-2014)”

16.00-16-30 Simona Brunetti (University of Verona): “The Two Gentlemen of Verona on the Twentieth-Century Italian Stage”

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

Chair: Valerio Viviani (University of Tuscia)

17.00-17.30 Eric Nicholson (New York University): “Cleansing Civil Hands Made Bloody by Civil Wars: Refugee and NGO Adaptations of Romeo and Juliet

17.30-18.00 Nicola Pasqualicchio (University of Verona): “Mercutio Can’t Die. Romeo and Juliet Re-created by Carmelo Bene (1976) and Armando Punzo (2011)”

June 23 2016

Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Sala Convegni

Morning session

Romeo and Juliet: Q1 vs Q2

Chair: Silvia Bigliazzi (University of Verona)

9.30-10.30 Stephen Orgel (Stanford University): “’Two Household Friends’: The Plausibility of Q1”

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

Chair: Alessandro Serpieri (University of Florence)

11.00-11.30 Lukas Erne (University of Geneva): “The Other ‘Bad Quarto’ of Romeo and Juliet

11.30-12.00 Steven Urkowitz (City College University of New York): “Shakespeare’s Consistent Revision of the Capulet Ladies in Q1 and Q2: ‘Thats well said Nurse’ into ‘Hold take these keies’”

12.00-12.30 Silvia Bigliazzi (University of Verona): “Juliet’s Comic-Tragic Soliloquies in Q1 and Q2”

13.00 Lunch

Afternoon session

Comic-Tragic Patterns in Romeo and Juliet

Chair: Maurizio Calbi (University of Salerno)

15.00-15.30 Robert Henke (Washington University, St Louis): “Narrative Crossroads: Tragicomic Pathways in Romeo and Juliet and the Italian Novelle”

15.30-16.00 James Hirsh (Georgia State University): “Soliloquies in Romeo and Juliet: An Empirical Approach”

16.00-16.30 Ewan Fernie (The Shakespeare Institute): “Cold-Hand Man: Mercutio, Comedy and Tragedy”

17.00-17.30 Paul Kottman (The New School, New York): “Love as Freedom in Romeo and Juliet

17.30 Closing remarks: Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)


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