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Shakespeare on Trial

The debate around whether Shakespeare and other classics should be replaced in classrooms, universities and theatres is currently raging. Can Shakespeare’s plays be used to promote equality and diversity?  Or is Shakespeare just another long-dead white male?


Supposition: William Shakespeare’s plays are profoundly racist, homophobic, sexist and discriminatory towards people with disabilities.

Procedure:  Dr Jenny Sager will take the role of the accused William Shakespeare (complete with false beard, ruff and tights, etc.).  One half of the room will act as the prosecuting lawyers, the other half will act as the defence lawyers.  Each lawyer, has ten minutes to question Mr. William Shakespeare.  To make your case as strong as possible, use evidence from the plays, criticism and performance to support your assertions.  At the end of the proceedings, a student jury will make their final ruling.  Shakespeare lovers and haters all welcome.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday 20th June from 12 noon until 1.30 pm on the ground floor of the Philosophy building in seminar room S56. The trial will take place in the English language as Mr. Shakespeare has only “small Latin and less Greek” and really very poor German.


Zeit: 20.06.2018 12:00 - 13:30 Uhr

Ort: Philosophikum, S 56

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Rückfragen an: Dr. Jenny Sager

Institut für Medienkultur und Theater