Category Archives: Thinking through Shakespeare

As part of the KiSSiT project, Thinking through Shakespeare is a platform for researchers and Shakespeare enthusiasts to engage with Shakespeare and, especially, engage with the world in all its variety through Shakespeare.

Thinking through Shakespeare is a launching pad for a form of indirect enquiry into not just Renaissance and Early Modern thought but our contemporary world in its various forms. The aim is to provide a space where thoughts about can be explored, expressed, and discussed. Alongside regular blogposts, contributors may also put up essays for a limited time to receive comments for further development of the piece.

Anyone who wants to write something on Thinking through Shakespeare, contact KiSSiT (kingstonshakespeareseminarintheory@gmail.com). We also invite readers to comment on these posts, as critically as you wish but always kindly – please do not comment anonymously. Furthermore, if you have questions, queries, comments, or suggestions for improvement, we are always happy to hear from you.

Arrest, Imprisonment, And Bare Life In A State of Emergency

Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested. (The Trial, Franz Kafka) I’the last night’s storm I such a fellow saw Which made me think a … Continue reading

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Trumping Shakespeare: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and the Rise of the Clown Politician

In a May 26, 2016 Los Angeles Times article, entitled “The theater of Trump: What Shakespeare can teach us about the Donald”, theater critic Charles McNulty undergoes what he calls a “fool’s errand”, a meticulous search in the Bard’s plays … Continue reading

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Even Francis Bacon Supports Strike Action – and he’s dead

Today and tomorrow (May 25-26 2016) university teachers and lecturers are going on strike. The issue is about unequal pay conditions, casualisation of contracts, tuition fees and marketisation of education (especially in regards to the recent White Paper). Nina Power sums this … Continue reading

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Shameful Start to Shakespeare 400: Dr Paul Hamilton Arrested and Held by UK Immigration

[UPDATE: Dr Hamilton released after 10 days] My friend and frequent Kingston Shakespeare collaborator, Dr Paul Hamilton (a US citizen), was arrested on the afternoon of January 17, 2016 at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon by the West Midlands immigration team … Continue reading

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Introduction to Shakespeare and the State of Exception

    The topic of our conference is the “state of exception”. The concept was originated by Carl Schmitt in his book Political Theology (1922) and recently revisited in the important philosophical work by Giorgio Agamben entitled, State of Exception … Continue reading

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Filippos Tsitsopoulos’ Video Installation at KiSSiT, Dec 19 + Preface essay

As part of the KiSSiT: Shakespeare and the State of Exception conference, the uncanny Filippos Tsitsopoulos will display his video installation in the Studio of the Rose Theatre, Kingston. The installation is entitled: ‘What! art thou, like the adder, waxen … Continue reading

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Not enough of Shakespeare

Mina Shah wrote a thought-provoking column entitled Enough of Shakespeare, where she questions the reasons why Shakespeare is taught. She fully admits that her piece is not really about Shakespeare, he serves the role of a ‘scapegoat’. Shah’s real target … Continue reading

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‘Shakespeare et les couleurs du temps’ par Dominique Goy-Blanquet

Dominique Goy-Blanquet, one of France’s leading Shakespeareans and a friend of Kingston Shakespeare, has written a historic article on the Wars of the Roses, where she discusses the plays and the adaptation, also mentioning the Shakespeare and Scandinavia conference. The … Continue reading

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‘Diverse Casting and The Wars of the Roses’ by Jami Rogers

Here is an important piece by Jami Rogers on casting politics. Written before Trevor Nunn’s Wars of the Roses run began, it pertinent to return to this vital issue, especially now that the run has ended. Nunn’s all-white cast and the ‘historical … Continue reading

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Revolting Jack – A Sonnet by John G. Murphy

The sonnet “Revolting Jack” was inspired by a performance of Rufus Hound as Jack Cade, a historical character represented in Part 2 of Henry VI and in Edward IV of the John Barton and Peter Hall adaptation that is known as … Continue reading

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