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Tempestuous Times: Multiple Temporalities and Topographies in William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest"

04.11.2021 - 06.11.2021

Workshop des anglistischen Teilprojekts B01 "Artefakte, Schätze und Ruinen – Materialität und Geschichtlichkeit in der Literatur des englischen Mittelalters" (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Andrew James Johnston) in Kooperation mit dem Exzellenzcluster "Temporal Communities"

“Tempestuous Times” engages with the multiple ways in which Shakespeare’s The Tempest flags, constructs, and deconstructs multiple temporalities and topographies, thereby establishing a broad variety of different forms of literary and social, but above all temporal communities. While scholars have comprehensively discussed The Tempest’s wide range of references to contemporaneous textual cultures (travel writing, plays, humanist philosophy) and the classics (Greek novel, Virgil, Ovid), analysing the play’s ambiguous, colonial geographies, the various temporalities constructed by way of such references remain largely unexplored. Our workshop focuses on constructions of specific temporalities by way of allusions to specific texts, places, and artefacts and/or by way of meta-dramatic references to performance practices etc. We are also interested in the literary-aesthetic, socio-political, and ideological implications that arise as multiple temporalities interact. Moreover, papers explore the larger issue of periodisation brought into play by The Tempest’s ostensible construction of a Renaissance master-narrative through the showcasing of both contemporary Renaissance discourses and a concomitant recourse to the classics that seems to obscure the medieval.

Thursday, 4 November 2021


15:30   Andrew James Johnston and Lea von der Linde (FU Berlin)
Welcome Address

16:00  Wolfram Keller (FU Berlin)
Introduction: Tempestuous Temporalities

Coffee break

17:30  Sarah Lewis (King’s College London)
’[T]he present business | Which now’s upon’s’: Time and Tide in The Tempest 


18:30  Lauren Shohet (Villanova University):
Temporal Interface in The Tempest

Friday, 5 November 2021

14:00   Stephan Laqué (FU Berlin)
Prospero's kairotic magic
15:00  Philip Schwyzer (University of Exeter)
Prospero in the Graveyard: Proleptic Mourning and the Language of Epitaphs in The Tempest


16:30  Gordon McMullan (King’s College London)
The Tempest’s Colonial Chronologies
17:30   Peter Löffelbein (FU Berlin)
When is Prospero’s Island?


19:00  Timothy Arner (Grinnell College)

Saturday, 6 November 2021

14:00  Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield)
Timely Counsel and Its Absence in Shakespeare’s Tempest

15:00  Marlene Dirschauer (FU Berlin)
Rich and Strange Afterlives: The Transformations of The Tempest in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

Coffee break  

16:30  Claudia Olk (LMU München)
Tempestuous Endgames

17:30  Roundup

Zeit & Ort

04.11.2021 - 06.11.2021

Henry Ford Bau der Freien Universität Berlin
HFB/K II Konferenzraum

Da die pandemiekonforme Platzanzahl sehr gering ist, bitten wir Interessierte, nach Anmeldung online an der Tagung teilzunehmen. Es handelt sich um eine hybride Veranstaltung.

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Um Anmeldung wird gebeten: lea.vonderlinde@fu-berlin.de