115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Shakespeare and Related Topics

Session Chair: 
Mark Heberle, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 109


  1. Rhema Hokama, Singapore University of Technology and Design
    My talk discusses the connection between religious identity and creole language in James Grant Benton’s 1974 play Twelf Nite o Wateva!, a Hawaiian pidgin adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. I argue that Benton uses Shakespeare's references to Puritans and early modern religious fundamentalism to comment upon issues of religion, race, and class in contemporary Hawai‘i.
  2. Lee Emrich, University of California, Davis
    Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is often used to discuss the mingling between early modern theatre and law. A particular nexus, often left unexplored, is these two professions' dual reliance on material culture to instantiate the various identities required of their professionals. This presentation argues Portia's performance as a doctor of law is not only an instance of gendered cross-dressing but also of occupation crossing as well and her knowledge of law is not only of its ethical implications but also its socially constructed nature.
  3. Hilda Ma, Saint Mary's College of California
         This paper explores the traumatic violence inflicted on female bodies in Titus Andronicus and locates it within a dissective culture that was fraught with imaginings of the womb. By drawing on established associations within the culture of dissection, playwrights such as Shakespeare shaped the ways in which their audience would see the violence, foregrounding the political and social subtexts of dissective culture. 
  4. Mark Heberle, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Attitudes toward patriarchy in Shakespeare vary, but misogyny is always repudiated.  In Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and The Winter’s Tale, such repudiation is effected through falsely performed and interpreted scenes, self-degrading voyeurism, invisible fantasies, and observed objects charged with male sexual anxieties and slander of women. 
Session Cancelled: